According to the CDC, Blacks make up roughly 33% of people hospitalized nationwide with the COVID-19 coronavirus, but only 12% of the population. In Illinois, where roughly 15% of the state's population is black and 77% are white, 42% of the over 300 people who have died of coronavirus were Black, while 37.1% were white. In Michigan, Blacks account for just 14% of the state's population but 33% of COVID-19 cases and 41% of deaths. In Louisiana, 70% of the deaths related to coronavirus were Black and 29% were white.
Dr. Anthony Facui, the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor, said the reason for the disparity is that underlying health conditions that can lead to severe coronavirus cases are more common among Blacks.
Many of the pre-existing conditions, that disproportionately affect the Black community, like cardiovascular disease, COPD, asthma, high blood pressure, and diabetes, also make catching the COVID-19 coronavirus deadly.
Add to that the fact that many Blacks live in substandard housing, 'projects', where housing complexes resemble prison facilities, and this is in every major city throughout America. With all of these factors, it becomes painfully clear why Black people make up a disproportionate number of infections and deaths caused by COVID-19 coronavirus.
While under the divine guidance of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, in a speech at UC Berkeley on October 11, 1963, stated,
"The Black masses are crying out, “What have we to lose but our chains? What have we to lose but the hell that we experience every day living in these rat-filled slums that we’re relegated to?” The worst housing conditions in America always exist in the so-called Negro community. Yet the white liberals, who own these run-down houses, force us to pay the highest rent. Faced with this high overhead, we are forced to take in roomers in order to help make up our rent. Our apartments are filled with both relatives and strangers. Our communities soon become overcrowded. These overcrowded conditions under which our people are forced to live eliminate all chances for a normal life, a clean life, or a healthy life. Because our children grow up in this overcrowded atmosphere, the lack of much-needed privacy destroys their sense of shame. It lowers their moral standards and leaves them exposed to every form of indecency and vice imaginable. Our young girls, our daughters, our baby sisters become unwed mothers before they are hardly out of their teens. Our community has thousands of unmarried mothers, mothers who have no hope of ever getting a husband. And our community has tens of thousands of little babies who have no father to act as their provider or protector. In fact the only provider any of our children know is the white welfare agent or the white social worker. Many of our children actually mistake the welfare agent or the white social worker for their father. And oftentimes this is true.
The overcrowded homes of our community force us to live under some of the worst sanitary conditions imaginable. It becomes almost impossible to practice the rules of good hygiene. And therefore tuberculosis, syphilis, gonorrhea, and other destructive social diseases are on the rampage throughout our community. Our people in the Negro community are trapped in a vicious cycle of ignorance, poverty, disease, sickness, and death. There seems to be no way out. No way of escape. The wealthy, educated Black bourgeoisie, those uppity Negroes who do escape, never reach back and pull the rest of our people out with them. The Black masses remain trapped in the slums. And because there seems to be no hope or no other escape, we turn to wine, we turn to whiskey, and we turn to reefers, marijuana, and even to the dreadful needle—heroin, morphine, cocaine, opium—seeking an escape. Many of us turn to crime, stealing, gambling, prostitution. And some of us are used by the white overlords downtown to push dope in the Negro community among our own people. Unemployment and poverty have forced many of our people into a life of crime. But the real criminal is in the City Hall downtown, in the State House, and in the White House in Washington, D.C. The real criminal is the white liberal, the political hypocrite. And it is these legal crooks who pose as our friends, force us into a life of crime, and then use us to spread the white man’s evil vices in our community among our own people. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that our people are scientifically maneuvered by the white man into a life of poverty. Because we are forced to live in the poorest sections of the city, we attend inferior schools. We have inferior teachers and we get an inferior education. The white power structure downtown makes certain that by the time our people do graduate, we won’t be equipped or qualified for anything but the dirtiest, heaviest, poorest-paying jobs. Jobs that no one else wants. We are trapped in a vicious cycle of economic, intellectual, social, and political death. Inferior jobs, inferior housing, inferior education which in turn again leads to inferior jobs. We spend a lifetime in this vicious circle. Or in this vicious cycle going in circles. Giving birth to children who see no hope or future but to follow in our miserable footsteps."
In a lecture by Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad, National Assistant to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan titled: Jesus: His Sacrifice and Death, he stated,
"What are the Factors, what are the conditions? whenever there is a crisis the poor will get hit the hardest. Whenever there's an economic crisis the poor and the Black and the Brown will suffer the most. The scientists are telling us that as these statistics come to light and they are alarming of the preconditions that make us the most vulnerable group because of an unhealthy lifestyle and poor diet. We lead in the top five causes of death brothers and sisters,
heart disease 23.3%
strokes nearly 6%
hypertension, obesity, all of these are pre-existing conditions that make us vulnerable and susceptible to the COVID-19, Coronavirus.
So unemployment is on the rise. Who's getting unemployed first, is it the wealthy? No, it is the poor, it is the black, we're the vulnerable group. You talk about shelter in place and stay at home and don't go out your home unless you're working in essential industries but who's there, it's the blue-collar worker, the blue-collar worker is the worker that has to perform the manual labor. They have to pick up our garbage and street sanitation, they have to work the utility companies, they're out there in the grocery stores, and they are most vulnerable."
"So we have a crisis on our hand and not to mention the lack of access to health and then the access to quality foods, so we have a food desert in the black community people. And our people have to suffer to walk several blocks to get food and catch the public transportation where the bus driver, who is it, it’s us, who's the train conductor, it's us.
And so, of the 10 largest food deserts in the United States, number one is New York and number one in the coronavirus cases reported and the death as a result. Atlanta #2, Detroit 3, Chicago 4, San Francisco 5, and rounding out the top 10 is Seattle, Camden, New Orleans, St Paul, and Memphis.
The poor are suffering, the poor being hit the hardest and we keep looking to a government that lies and gives misinformation and mixes truth up with falsehood and these crises, the impact of it, is gonna be devastating as it already is to the economy. Where does that leave black America? Where do we turn? who do we look to? The Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan warned us of the day and a time like this. They pleaded with us to do for self, they pleaded with us to acquire land, and become landowners that we could produce our own food and feed ourselves. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad set up an economic model and program Muhammad’s Economic program to end poverty and want among our people.
Could it be that God has arrested us, that we may consider the program of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad? Could it be, brothers and sisters, that we have been arrested because we rejected a Messenger of God? Could it be? All of our people in all of these cities are suffering."