Quantcast

COMMENTARY: Why Fat Black Lives Must Not Really Matter

(Armstrong Williams, The Hill) It’s a sure sign you’ve reached maturity in life when you stop trying to have it both ways. As an adult, you probably shouldn’t expect to be able to eat all the ice cream in the fridge every night and still avoid the long-term health effects of a poor diet.

And yet, when it comes to COVID-19, it’s as if many in the black community who suffer disproportionately from comorbidities expect the entire country to remain closed until they are no longer at risk of COVID-related illnesses.        

Such was the substance of the heated rants of a Rutgers University professor who last week blamed “Trump supporters” and state officials in Georgia, Utah and Florida who are beginning to lift the restrictions on commerce and social isolation put in place as emergency measures to stem the tide of the virus.

Brittany Cooper, a tenured professor in the dubiously named Women’s and Gender Studies Department, blamed it all on the white man, stating in a rage-filled Twitter rant, “Not only do white conservatives not care about Black life, but my most cynical negative read of the white supremacists among them is that they welcome this massive winnowing of Black folks in order to slow demographic shifts and shore up political power.”      

By “massive winnowing of Black folks” Cooper was referring to the fact that as many as 80 percent of the reported hospitalizations from COVID-19 in Georgia occurred among African Americans.

But at a reported total of 1,035 deaths thus far in Georgia attributed to COVID-19, even if all of them were African American (they are not), that would hardly constitute a “winnowing” of the black population. Georgia’s African American population is roughly 3.5 million, and the leading cause of mortality for African Americans in Georgia is heart disease…

And yet, not one of those prognosticators would even think about advocating closing down businesses offering fried foods, confectionary items or barbecue because black people are at higher risk of contracting deadly heart disease from poor dietary habits…

Again, as a mature adult, you tend to learn you can’t have it both ways. And yet, Ms. Cooper persists.

[Read more…]

TRENDING NOW

Trump Expands Ban on Federal Money for ‘Divisive’ Diversity Training

(Associated Press) President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an order that he said will expand a ban on the use of federal...

Seattle Pays Ex-Pimp $150K to Offer ‘Alternatives to Policing’

(New York Post) Seattle now has on its payroll a convicted pimp who once vowed to “go to war” with the city...

Mars Drops Uncle Ben’s, Reveals New Name for Rice Brand

(Associated Press) Parent firm Mars Inc. unveiled the change Wednesday for the 70-year-old brand, the latest company to drop a logo criticized...

Feds: Fraudster Blew $30K in Vegas with Virus Loan Money

(Associated Press) A convicted bank robber from Rhode Island fraudulently obtained $600,000 in forgivable federal business loans and spent $30,000 in Las...

Powell and Mnuchin Back More Economic Aid

(Associated Press) Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed cautious optimism Tuesday that the U.S. economy is rebounding...