A group of US bishops expressed sorrow over disparities in infection and death rates among African Americans in US communities.
‘Our hearts are wounded for the many souls mourned as African American communities across the nation are being disproportionately infected with and dying from the virus that causes Covid-19. We raise our voices to urge state and national leaders to examine the generational and systemic structural conditions that make the new coronavirus especially deadly to African American communities,’ said the statement.
The statement, on behalf of four US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committees, was issued by Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism; Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; Archbishop Nelson J. Perez of Philadelphia, chairman of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church; and Bishop Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, chairman of Subcommittee on African American Affairs.
Though an accurate rate of infections and deaths among African Americans at the national level is not yet clear, some communities are reporting high and alarming levels among their respective populations.
Picture: A woman in Chicago stands outside the funeral of Firefighter Edward Singleton on 22nd April 2020, who died from from Covid-19 symptoms. US bishops issued a statement on 4th urging state and national leaders to examine the impact of the coronavirus on African American communities. (CNS photo/Shannon Stapleton, Reuters).