April 17, 2020

ATTENTION URGENT MEDIA ANNOUNCMENT!

For Immediate Release

Contact: SCNAACP Columbia
(803) 754-4584 office

SCNAACP State Conference President Calls on Government and Partners to Provide an Equitable Response to COVID-19

While South Carolina administration and federal agencies work to address the pandemic in the US overall, the SCNAACP continues to focus on the needs of African Americans and other people of color during this crisis. As a civil rights organization and as stewards of human rights, this outbreak calls on us to maintain vigilance and lift our voices to demand the policies and practices that will preserve the wellbeing of all.

Disproportionately, we’re already seeing injustices that must be addressed before they worsen and cause further damage within the African American communities. We must recognize and stand up against racial/ethnic discrimination and stereotyping. It is my position that our state and local governments must ensure necessary policies, practices, testing of all citizens, ensuring proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health professionals and that needed information, training, resources, and care are available equitably and reach all people in all communities.

The Coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on our health, education, voting systems, economics, affecting student success, representation of our communities, and more.

“This pandemic has exposed the underlying inequality that exists everywhere, particularly in the U.S. healthcare system, resulting in harm to African Americans at a drastically disproportionate rate. The nation has seen only a small glimpse into the reality that has resonated within the Black community for decades. Our communities remain marginalized, underfunded, and largely forgotten on every imaginable scale.”

I look forward to working with federal, state, local leaders; while coordinating with elected officials, coalition partners to address the SCNAACP specific concerns which will help all Americans and ease the impact of this pandemic with an equitable solution to sustain the marginalized of this state.

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