COVID-19 New Orleans

COMMENTARY

COVID-19 hits Black America hard, but HBCU chiefs find vaccine trial is hard to sell

BY: - September 4, 2020

COVID-19 is known to have infected one of every 36 Black New Orleanians during the pandemic. There’s no way of knowing how many New Orleanians of any race have been infected, but those 6,601 confirmed cases that have been counted among Black people are 2.5 times more than the 2,594 cases that have been counted […]

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DEBERRY: America promised to learn lessons from Hurricane Katrina, but the events of 2020 say it didn’t

BY: - August 29, 2020

Not long after four bouncers from Razoo Bar & Grill pinned 26-year-old Levon Jones to the ground until he was dead, trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe told an MLK Day crowd at St. Louis Cathedral that because he breathes into a horn for a living, he couldn’t imagine a more horrible death than the Black college student […]

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COVID-19 was never a Black people disease; it was just killing mostly Black people

BY: - July 15, 2020

“Maybe next time you see Black people in trouble you’ll help. Maybe.” — Richard Pryor, in a 1983 routine recorded at New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre. David Jackson, a 45-year-old Black man who lives in New Orleans, is the Facebook friend who had the most shocking response to a pair of questions I recently posted: How […]