(TheConservativeNews.org) – Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) claimed that reparations for slavery could have cut COVID-19 infection and transmission rates among African-Americans “and the population at large.”
The Texas congresswoman suggested on Capitol Hill Thursday that there’s a direct connection between slavery and black people dying of COVID before declaring that reparations could have lowered COVID deaths among black Americans.
“There is no doubt that we have been impacted..the DNA…and the trends…the trajectory of slavery to today. For example, uh, COVID. The black African Americans got COVID at a rate one and a half times higher than that of white people. Were hospitalized at a rate nearly four times higher and three times likely to die. COVID hit us very desperately,” she said.
The Representative is citing a study by Harvard Medical School that suggests reparations could have cut COVID transmission among black and the population at large. Reparations are curative, she says.
“A peer-reviewed study from Harvard Medical School suggested reparations for African Americans could have cut COVID19 transmission and infection rates both among blacks and the population at large,” SJL went on.
“While there are compelling moral and historical arguments for racial-injustice interventions such as reparations, our study demonstrates that repairing the damage caused by the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow racism would have enormous benefits to the entire population of the United States,” said study senior author Eugene Richardson, assistant professor of global health and social medicine in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School.
Of course, assuming SJL is referring to densely-packed urban minority communities and isn’t simply suggesting that all black people are poor, it’s not immediately clear how paying people anything less than continuous exorbitant sums of money to artificially lift them out of poverty would have cut transmission rates for a virus that’s affected the vast majority of the population, and which even multiple doses of a so-called “vaccine” meant to inoculate people against COVID has failed to prevent infection and transmissibility.
It’s also not clear why race-baiting propagandists like Sheila Jackson Lee think it’s incumbent upon our current society to fork over taxpayer cash to people who were never slaves – or, to that end, how much money would be enough.
The COVID death rate was higher for black Americans compared to white Americans during the first few months of the pandemic, though recent data shows white Americans now have a higher death rate.
The Washington Post did an analysis on COVID deaths and racial disparities and found the death rates narrowed between the two racial groups simply because whites began dying at a much higher rate.