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Coronavirus policing leads to harsher repercussions for black Americans | Malaika Jabali

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Recent incidents in New York and Philadelphia make it clear that aggressive policing could become even more normalized, with black people the victims

The spread of Covid-19 in the United States points a blacklight on the structural and violent racism that has plagued black Americans for generations. Along with disproportionate rates of coronavirus cases and deaths facing black people in Wisconsin, Michigan, Maryland, New Orleans and New York, among others, this pandemic amplifies how unjustly police enforce their authority. Recent incidents in New York and Philadelphia make it clear that aggressive policing could become even more normalized, with black people the frequent victims.

When Covid-19 emerged in east Asia, outside observers lauded the Chinese and South Korean governments for their response, which included rigorous policing methods that helped slow the spread of the virus. Both countries reduced their cases within a relatively brief period and used surveillance technology to track the movements of their residents. In South Korea, developers have used public data to create various informational tools, like a map warning residents of movements of those carrying the virus and alerting them of locations they should avoid.

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