COVID-19 has put a spotlight on racial disparities and social injustices that plague the United States. Black, Latinx, Asians and other people of color (POC) have been disproportionately affected by the disease. They are the frontline workers who work every day for non-livable wages, little or no sick pay and minimal access to healthcare.
In San Diego, the zip codes hardest hit by COVID-19 are black and brown neighborhoods.
Systemic racism has left POC behind to work blue collar jobs to feed, clothe and serve a privileged white America. Non-white is almost synonymous with non-citizen as POC have historically been deprived of human rights and marginalized based on their race. The culminating piece of the Stories of San Diego Project is a book that will bring together the work of journalists from San Diego and beyond to explore and record this historic time as it unfolds.