The coronavirus pandemic has no doubt been devastating to the human race all over the world, but it has really taken a bigger impact and effect on Black people in America.
Malcolm Jenkins knows this, which is why he shared a video telling African Americans that we must look out for ourselves.
The New Orleans Saints safety first started off his video by thanking America’s emergency services. “Thank you to all of our first responders, our doctors and nurses who are on the front lines, said Jenkins, a two-time Super Bowl champion. “You are our heroes. We thank you, we pray for you, we owe you a great debt.”
The 32-year-old then addressed the black community.
“This message is for my black brothers and sisters: We must survive. This pandemic is real and the damage that is left in the wake of the coronavirus is realized mostly in our communities,” he said. “Bad policy, institutional neglect and overexposure place us disproportionately in arm’s reach of the dangers of this deadly virus.
“We are the essential worker. We are the most impacted. Yet the focus of the resources aren’t being invested in us. We cannot wait for a government that has never prioritized us; we must look out for ourselves. So take care of you first, share your resources, protect the elderly and stay home as much as possible. Please stay safe, stay healthy and survive. Because whether they know it or not, the world needs us and we need us.”
Jenkins is now in his second stint with the Saints, which is where he started his career. The state of Louisiana is one of the centers of the pandemic in the US.
“Slightly more than 70% of [coronavirus] deaths in Louisiana are African Americans”, the state’s governor, John Bel Edwards, said last week. “That deserves more attention and we’re going to have to dig into that to see what we can do to slow that down.”
The two-time Super Bowl champion tallied 81 tackles, eight passes defended and four forced fumbles across 16 games in 2019.
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