Former NFL quarterback and prominent activist Colin Kaepernick contributed $100,000 to a coronavirus relief fund that supports black and brown communities affected by the pandemic.
Structural racism makes Black & Brown ppl more likely to die from #COVID19. @kaepernick7 launched the Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 Relief Fund to directly impact the disproportionate effect #coronavirus is having on our communities. #WeGotUs ✊ Donate: https://t.co/drZYeE3a3O pic.twitter.com/vZwsu38nro— Know Your Rights Camp (@yourrightscamp) April 16, 2020
Kaepernick's donation comes after reports earlier this month that communities of color are disproportionately effected by the coronavirus.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams noted that people of color have the “greater burden of chronic health conditions” like asthma and high blood pressure, which stem from long standing “social ills” and racist systemic inequalities.
Additionally, people of color are less likely to have jobs that permit working from home and less likely to have access to high-quality testing and medical care.
Adams said that public health officials are taking steps to better protect more vulnerable communities of color.
NBC News reports that the fund was launched under Kaepernick's “Know Your Rights Camp” organization, and that the money will go toward providing food, shelter, relief, personal protective equipment (PPE) and education materials to underserved communities to help them fight the coronavirus spread.
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