‘Views around race and racism appear to be extremely entrenched’ — here’s how they’ve changed over the pandemic

'Views around race and racism appear to be extremely entrenched' — here's how they've changed over the pandemic

More than a year ago, clear majorities of Americans said people of color were enduring the worst of the pandemic’s threats to health and wealth.

Now that feeling is fading away, a new poll says, even as gauges like job numbers continue to suggest the economy’s rebound is not going as well for Black and Latino communities versus their white counterparts.

Just over half (53%) of poll participants agreed people of color were bearing the pandemic’s health brunt and, similarly, half of people agreed minorities were shouldering the financial brunt, according to a RAND Corporation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation survey released Thursday.

Compare that to July 2020, just a few months into the pandemic and soon after George Floyd’s killing was caught by a bystander’s smartphone. Back then, a far higher percentage of people (61%) said people of color faced more of the pandemic’s health impacts. Meanwhile, 57.5% of…

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