"WHAT IF essential workers don't show up?"
Updated: Jun 3, 2020
This question was asked by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he spoke of his gratitude for essential workers.
But we (POC) continue to show up for America because we still believe in the notion of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness - even though, America does not always show up for us!
So, let's get this straight... 1. 75% of frontline workers in New York are people of color
2. Layoffs have hit service workers the hardest (34%), including food servers and delivery providers, janitors and cleaners, personal-care providers, and security workers.
3. 43% of workers in the service sector report a loss of income, Gallup found.
4. If frontline workers did not go to work, "ish" would not get done.
5. And by the way, Black and Latino people in New York City are dying at twice the rate of Caucasians (based on preliminary data released last month by the City of New York).
This math is not in our favor.
Share your COVID-19 story so people can hear your unheard truth. Let's elevate our voice so others will understand the personal stories behind these statistics. #colorsofcovid
Published: June 2, 2020 at 5:13 p.m. ET