Bishop Shelton Fabre: Xenophobia, Racism ‘Just Not Acceptable’ as Black Americans Face COVID Loss

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Currents News Staff

Spreading alongside the coronavirus is another danger in our country and around the world: racism.

The virus has largely affected people of color, with black Americans accounting for 33 percent of COVID hospitalizations.

An unfortunate reality revealed by the virus is how healthcare outcomes can too often be determined by race.

Earlier this month Bishop Shelton Fabre of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana and other members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement expressing concern about incidents of racism in the midst of the pandemic. 

Data from MedPage Today shows that in Bishop Fabre’s home state, African Americans made up 70 percent of deaths from the virus, while they only account for 33 percent of the population. 

As the Chairman of the USCCB’s ad-hoc Committee Against Racism, Bishop Fabre joins Currents News to discuss these issues and how his diocese is approaching phase one of reopening in the state.