Address Disproportionately High Covid-19 Death Rates Among African Americans

Target: Robert R. Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Goal: Provide racial data for Covid-19 infection rates and deaths so that racial disparities can be addressed and further protections be provided.

Disproportionately high rates of black Americans are becoming infected and dying from Covid-19. The disparity is especially profound in cities like New Orleans, Chicago and Detroit.

For example, while 30 percent of Chicago’s population is African American, they account for 70 percent of all Covid-19 cases in the city and more than half of Illinois’ deaths. A similar trend was seen in Louisiana, where 70 percent of the state’s deaths were African Americans, while they only make up 33 percent of the population.

In order for health officials to understand this stark disparity and provide further protections for black Americans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must provide racial data for every state. Thus far, they have been slow to do so. Sign below to demand the CDC provide racial data regarding Covid-19 infections and deaths so that health officials and lawmakers can address inequities in testing and health outcomes.


Dear Mr. Redfield,

African Americans face higher risk of exposure to Covid-19, resulting in higher rates of infection and death. These disproportionate rates represent a larger disparity in the healthcare system that must be addressed.

All communities must be treated equally in the midst of the crisis. In order for health officials and lawmakers to be able to address inequities among health outcomes, access to testing and healthcare, I demand that you promptly provide racial data.


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One Comment

  1. Those that died had more underlying health conditions, so do you think that the people who were protected practiced physical distancing? When I went to the grocery store, as I live alone, I saw several small groups of young black men laughing in the store and they were very close to each other, walking fast AND not observing any care in how close that they got to people, believe that they were making fun of the practice of staying 6′ apart. I dodged alot in the store! Then what about the groups of black teenage girls in Detroit who were shown wearing masks (on a video), but fighting and in close contact with each other. That’s not practicing wisdom and general cleanliness.

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