PS: You've spoken about the vicious cycle that comes out of non-English-speaking renters not knowing their rights as tenants; landlords leveraging the threat of ICE and federal deportation (and actually working with ICE) against the undocumented to get away with unsafe, unhealthy living conditions; and how that systemically condemns Latinx people to cheaper pools of labor with less job security. How have inequalities particularly related to Black and Latinx people grown due to COVID-19?
JS: Oh, so many. Seems like by every measure, every indicator, every cleavage and fault line: it's all being exacerbated by this crisis. It makes sense that Black and Latino people would be disproportionately impacted by this pandemic and the ensuing economic collapse. We're shuffled into these shitty jobs; into shitty, polluted neighborhoods choked by fumes from cars and factories; shitty and overcrowded housing, and no one can afford to see a doctor when they need to . . .
PS: . . . and for those who can afford care, the health inequities are staggering still.
JS: And, who are the essential workers? The folks bagging our groceries, delivering our food, taking care of the elderly and infirm? Who are warehoused, cheek by jowl, in our prisons and concentration i.e. "detention" camps? It's us. It's been us. Capital has no use in actually taking care of us.