Tasnim – The Iranian Foreign Ministry said the Washington government has failed “disastrously” to address the COVID-19 crisis across the US, particularity in dense black populated areas, due to “rampant racism and class inequality in the age of Trump.”
“From #AhmaudArbery being lynched by racist yahoos w/horrible injustices against him to #BreonnaTaylor being killed mistakenly by botched police raid to the Afro-Americans’ COVID 19 death at skyrocketing pace, US fails disastrously due to rampant racism, class inequality in age of Trump,” the ministry said in a tweet on Wednesday.
The tweet was particularly referring to the killing of Ahmaud Arbery – a black man lynched by a white ex-cop and his son – and Breonna Taylor, who was mistakenly shot dead in a botched police raid, as well as the increasing number of African-Americans dying of COVID-19.
A recent study in the United States provided more evidence that the coronavirus is killing more African-Americans than whites or other ethnic groups, highlighting longstanding disparities in access to health care and economic opportunity.
US cities and towns with higher black populations account for more than half of all COVID-19 cases and almost 60 percent of deaths, according to the study conducted by four universities and two health organizations.
African-Americans represent 13.4 percent of the American population, according to the US Census Bureau.