As Hurricane Katrina unearthed the vulnerabilities of New Orleans’ working poor, COVID-19 has similarly revealed the cracks within the United States’ system, especially at this time when our society expects more from those who often have the least resources and little or no safety net.
While many people in the United States have adopted behaviors to minimize the spread of COVID-19 during the past seven months, our dependence on certain sectors of the workforce to keep ALL people in the United States well has become increasingly clear. The bare bones approach to everyday activities has made us come to realize how much we rely on grocery store workers, transportation providers, people who care for children and the elderly, medical and safety personnel and others, a majority of whom are African American and “their family’s primary income earners.”
Stress on these workers mounts daily—from the pressure of providing for the family,
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