A superstar scientist is under investigation for her choice of words regarding the way coronavirus is ravaging black people and communities, implying that it could be "genocide."
Is she right?
Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett is a celebrated National Institutes of Health immunologist working with the government to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. However, she's also been voicing her unfiltered observations and opinions about the contagious disease's disproportionately lethal impact on black Americans.
As a government employee, Corbett's candid social media posts could have her in trouble. If they are deemed "unprofessional," Corbett's tweets could have violated federal guidelines.
Taking a closer look at her words and putting them in context against proven early data, however, Corbett is spot on about how powerfully coronavirus is killing black people.
As of April 16, 1,999 black people had died as a result of coronavirus across the five boroughs of hard-hit New York City, according to the NYC Health Department data.
(via Daily Mail): This means their deaths make up a third (33.2 percent) of the city's total death toll, despite accounting for just 22 percent of the city's population.
White people make up the next highest number of deaths (1,861) and 30.9 percent of the city's death toll - however white people account for at least 43 percent of all residents.
Though her account is now private, Corbett recently likened the effects of coronavirus to genocide. The disease is killing black people at twice the rate that it kills whites.
Back on Feb. 27, she tweeted that members of President Trump's assembled coronavirus task force, which includes infectious disease experts Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, had large titles but limited allegiance to potential victims of the disease. "The task force is largely people (white men) he appointed to their positions as directors of blah blah institute. They are indebted to him NOT the people," she wrote.
Dr. Corbett also stirred controversy in March with her post "I tweet for those who will die when the doctor has to choose who gets the last ventilator and ultimately.... who lives. The poor. And while the article doesn't explicitly say it, the black." Those words, along with sharing an article about coronavirus spreading in poor communities in major U.S. cities, have U.S. Health and Human Services officials and career ethics officials ... reviewing the matter'.
Many may not like her words, but there is no denying the underlying facts behind them. Even Oprah Winfrey has been pleading with black people to take the outbreak seriously because it is 'taking us out'.
On top of that, the Trump administration is already well-known for its infamous revolving door.