COVID-19 Widens Disparities for Black, Indigenous, and Other Workers of Color
By Jamillah Bowman Williams
COVID-19 has highlighted how weak labor protections disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous, and other workers of color (BIPOC). Those workers are overrepresented in essential jobs and low-wage work (Geary, Palacios, and Tatum 2020).
As a result, they risk exposure to COVID-19 in jobs with insufficient benefits and limited bargaining power. Advocates should build upon the current racial justice movement to advocate for collective worker power and change in workplace conditions.