The Heat: U.S. Race Relations & COVID-19

The Heat

Seattle Police Assistant Chief Deanna Nollette is blocked by protesters from entering the newly created Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in Seattle, Washington on June 11, 2020. – Two police officers attempt to enter the area, but are blocked by people standing close together and holding cameras as they film. The area surrounding the East Precinct building has come to be known as the CHAZ, Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP)

After weeks of massive protests across the United States against racial injustice and police brutality, the focus is shifting to police reform. Democrats and Republicans proposing legislation tackling discrimination and police misconduct. The civil unrest taking place amid  health crisis. Health experts issuing a dire prediction, they say tens of thousands more people will get infected with COVID-19 and die in the months ahead. The grim prognosis comes as coronavirus cases in the US surge past the two million mark.

To Discuss:

  • Jason Nichols is a Lecturer in African American Studies at the University of Maryland
  • Rosa Clemente is a political commentator and independent journalist
  • Dr. Robert Morris is a physician and epidemiologist.
  • Devra Davis is an epidemiologist

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