*When you have to start off your sentence saying, “This isn’t me being racist or anything,” it usually doesn’t bode well.
DeAnna Lorraine went on to say in a YouTube video that she isn’t “buying” the fact that COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting black people in the U.S. But if true, she says it’s because of the “parties” and “barbecues” black people are having in defiance of social distancing guidelines.
“This isn’t me being racist or anything, but I’m just reporting the facts. If there is a true discrepancy. If there is truly — I’m not really buying it — but if it’s true that the coronavirus is disproportionately affecting black people and they’re apparently getting the coronavirus at a higher rate than white people then, I do have to say this, here’s what I’m seeing, I’m getting reports from some folks saying that they’re seeing a lot of black folks in their community having parties and barbecues and crawfish boils and other kinds of things. I am hearing reports about this, so maybe they’re causing this. Maybe they’re bringing on the spread of the coronavirus and you know, they’re not quite following the rules.”
Meanwhile, medical professionals have stated that the disproportionate numbers of black people affected by COVID-19 are likely due to pre-existing health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and asthma being common in black communities. It’s all part of the larger issue of longstanding, generational environmental and health care disparities in the U.S.