In Boston, black individuals make up only 25% of the city’s population, but 38% of its cases and 35% of its deaths.
Boston is about 45% white, but white individuals only make up 25% of the 11,066 cases where race data is known.
The Boston Black Hospitality Coalition considers the threat to Boston’s black businesses a “state of emergency.”
The coalition has pledged to support these businesses and recently launched a relief fund to assist black-owned restaurants and bars.
“To date, the black-owned restaurants and bars represented by this coalition have not received adequate financial support to survive the crisis,” reads the website, later adding “If nothing is done, the representatives of the coalition will be faced with a financial decision which would ultimately result in the closure of institutions who contributed to the combined 180+ years of service to Boston’s black community.”