Speaking about Health Disparities — A teachable moment about structural racism

by Curtis Smith, Carina Cione, Deziree Jackson, and Ernesto Castañeda

On November 11, 2020, Dee Margo, Mayor of the city of El Paso, Texas told national audiences on Good Morning America that he did not need any additional resources to help the city deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases before adding, “our population is 85% Hispanic and we’re four times more prevalent to being hospitalized because of COVID than any other normal [pause] occasions (sic). We are a highly vulnerable population.” He…