Pandemic apartheid: many black counties not welcome to visit Vermont - VT Digger

Many out-of-state counties with high concentrations of black residents are on the “restricted” list for visiting Vermont. Pandemic-inspired apartheid?

"Nevin says the state is also unfairly penalizing people based on where they live, independent of their individual risk of having the virus. “The bigger picture here is that Vermonters are at risk of becoming comfortable with the idea that we should judge people, and judge the risk that they pose, based on some characteristic of theirs that they have no control over,” he said. Place of residence is not a protected class in the United States, unlike race, sex or age. But in a country with a long history of systemic racism in housing and economic opportunities, identity can play a big role. According to VTDigger’s analysis of the cross-state travel data provided by ACCD, a white, non-Hispanic person who lives in one of the states on the travel map is three times more likely to be allowed to travel to Vermont than a Black person.."

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  • Ivan st george
    commented 2020-07-19 12:11:42 -0400
    this virus is much smarter than i thought,
    it knows not to attack during protest riots yet knows when church is in session, it lays silent with 25 people gathered but swoops in when number 26 shows up and now we learn it is a racist virus as well.
    Surely this virus must be a white supremacist
  • Hut
    commented 2020-07-19 11:13:02 -0400
    Vermont wants to protect it’s citizens and they use science, it is nothing personal. The writer of this news blurb is focusing on the wrong issue. COVID19 is racist, now explore the reasons why…
  • Ivan st george
    commented 2020-07-19 08:58:35 -0400
    using terms like Pandemic inspired apartheid makes reporters seem
    insightful , even brilliant among their peers, but to most readers we scratch our head and wonder where that came from.
    It is nothing more than verbal confetti which further muddies the stormy waters of race reporting
  • Guy Page
    commented 2020-07-17 09:58:53 -0400
    This is actually an interesting thing – why, exactly, are black, inner-city communities having the highest Covid rates? I think they’re fatality rates are higher too so it’s not just enhanced testing (if it’s that at all).
  • Rob Roper
    commented 2020-07-16 08:08:03 -0400
    Correlation does not mean causation.