Throughout history, Black or African Americans have been disproportionately afflicted by pandemics, including the 1918 influenza, known as the "Spanish flu," and the H1N1 swine flu.
Even after a century, their relative circumstances have barely improved. The coronavirus outbreak is just the latest disaster to amplify these racial disparities.
Calling it "an incalculable loss," the front page of Sunday's New York Times featured the names of 1,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19, reflecting one percent of the toll.
"Why has this happened in the United States of 2020? Why has the virus claimed disproportionately large number of black and Latino victims? Why were nursing homes so devastated? These questions of why and how and whom will be asked for decades to come," the report said.
These questions also need to be addressed right now.