Stacey Abrams to join Instagram Live conversation on gerrymandering, voting rights
'SNL' actor Chris Redd establishes fundraiser for coronavirus tests for protesters
"As thousands of people take to the streets to protest racial discrimination and the many Black Lives lost at the hands of injustice, we also have the unfortunate fact that this deadly pandemic is still upon us," Redd wrote in the description of the GoFundMe campaign.
"The lives at risk of the injustice being fought against are also the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Many will not be in position to pay the inevitable cost associated with their brave efforts," he added. "This fund is to assist those that contract this disease while protesting and other protest related injuries as many are being attacked while speaking out."
In addition to coronavirus testing and treatment, Redd wrote, the money raised will go to medical bills from injuries sustained while protesting and legal expenses for activists. The fundraiser had raised $6,490 out of a $250,000 goal as of Tuesday afternoon.
In the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately affected African Americans, and black and Hispanic Americans have also reported a greater financial impact due to the pandemic, according to a May Associated Press/NORC poll. On Tuesday, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said there is "every reason to expect" an increase in infections as the protests spread.
"I remain concerned about the public health consequences both of individual and institutional racism [and] people out protesting in a way that is harmful to themselves and to their communities," Adams told Politico. "You understand the anger, you hope that we can find ways that really can help people channel their anger into meaningful steps forward."