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Dear Evanston, How is it that anyone is shocked?

How is it that anyone is shocked about the disproportionate number of Black Americans getting Covid-19? Wasn't it obvious from the start that this would happen? Or do most of us really and truly not realize what 400-plus years of enslavement, Jim Crow, redlining, unequal healthcare, and more, actually does?

If you weren't supportive of reparations before this, give it another thought.

And then, donate to the Evanston Reparations Initiative. Ask me how.

PS: I hope that all the incredibly generous local donors to funding efforts helping residents get through this pandemic also put their money where their mouths are to address the much longer but extremely deadly epidemic of historic systemic racism.

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