Indigenous people are more likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19 than white people, but the notion that Indigenous people are “slower” to respond to COVID-19 is false.
In the days before Arizona governor Doug Ducey changed course by urging people to stay home, Scottsdale city councilman Guy Phillips donned a face covering and shouted “I can’t breathe” into a microphone at an anti-mask rally. His mocking of the last words of George Floyd is only one more example of the racism that seems to shadow the outbreaks of contagious viruses.
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