Peeling back this pandemic’s layers of inequality

Here’s data straight from state websites as of Tuesday: In South Carolina, black Americans account for 56% of deaths, though the state’s entire population is just 27% black. While black Americans represent 15% of Illinois’ population, they account for 42% of deaths there. In Louisiana, 59% of people who’ve died from the disease are black, a group that makes up only one-third of the state’s population.

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