Coronavirus is infecting and killing African Americans at a high rate in the US, and now a CNN host and a California Pastor are seeking to raise $1 million to get supplies to urban communities.
What We Know:
- On Wednesday, Pastor Michael McBride of Berkeley told CNN New Day’s host John Berman that masks for the people was started to help those in the urban neighborhoods that are in need of protective wear, masks, hand sanitizer, and other vital items.
- McBride said that blacks are incarcerated at an alarming rate and they have no access to any supplies. “It is a moral challenge we’re facing now, because we have our loved ones who are incarcerated, in prisons, and they are being left to die.”
- According to state data in Louisana alone, Blacks, who account for 32% of the population, have made up 70% of the deaths from COVID-19.
- McBride was joined by W. Kamau Bell, the host of CNN’s United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. Bell said, “People are very aware overall that they can’t trust the federal government to tell them what is going on…Were relying on activists and leaders already in the black community, people who the people in the community already trust.”
Bell opened up and said the hardest part in the urban communities is that they don’t have money to donate so their goal is to reach outside the community and find people that will donate. To donate, go to https://faithinaction.salsalabs.org/masksforthepeople/index.html