A conversation with Black women: Economic disparities: Part 3

ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts leads a candid conversation with Yvette Simpson, Dr. Leah Wright-Rigueur and Angela Yee about the impact of economic disparities in minority communities.
8:47 | 02/20/21

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We talked about the importance of good health what are well now because the two do go hand in hand so let's connect the dots current let's talk about the economy now. Because that is something that did it and you know this whole thing I think exposed a lot of fault lines with the pandemic bright and of course. The economic situation of a lot of people of color we don't have that built in you know well that a lot of other people do. So how much are you thinking about the economy and I started up at peak so many people started up this whole thing trying to do things in a very. I'm frugal way just because we were at home now I find myself shopping more online and I never used to shop online are you thinking about. I mean my business owner and so hounded to aspire and I jets actually started a coffee company two and I'm opening a copy sat home defending Olympic Committee. Yeah. I am I don't I'm not seeing a nice day an ice skating and. Out of that's conducive going on but to because there weeding get any PPP loans and I know a lot of black people black women did not get those loans I think it was like. Less than 5% or something like that affect the smog black owned businesses in many of them pulled it right and that's a really pretty typical and I've seen a lot of my friends who have businesses struggling through that and not getting disappointed they should be getting by you see these lies are corporations. Getting on this money so it seems very Leon there. And I'm glad people have have to pivot their businesses and I've seen that work for people where maybe they had once had a business but then the pandemic hit and they had to shift. Why people had to go on mine and figure out how to do things more on mine and market their businesses their restaurants. And sipped tip that and that's not easy too because a lot of us might not have been doing that before and I attend a learn how to do Ali these different beings. Poland and a family you have employees that are relying on you in Delhi insists. It's who are at home learning at home two while you're doing all of that. We're all very fortunate because we are able to do what we do from home from home and so forth. My sister my baby sister was. A bird and just a burgeoning out flight attendant she had started his second career. And was just starting to take off and enjoy it and bones so she's out of work. So how many of you have folks in your lives who are struggling and that way or people that you know we're struggling and that went because we know black people are dealing with the analog. Bigger way. Yes so many in my family man I'm Niagara really really poor you know with the first in my family go to college and so we didn't have it inherit it you that was built up our safety net and so. You know those practices that you put in place with such you what you are great for you know. Borrow a couple of sick very you know my grandmother really taught us as a child of the depression. To really really hunkered down and I think a lot of that is helped a lot you know a lot of that those practices and I'm I'm seeing people really struggling right now and having to put those things in the practice how do you make sure that your village rather people. How do you make you giving to other people that that savings that we talk about all the time have three to six month. Became really real for us and our family because even though I have. A job that allows me to work from my husband runs a private club. And they were close they hope for a while he had to lay off a significant portion of its staff because of back the organization I want Ron relies on donations as well and so I had to make sure my staff was provided for so that that stress point was real I think is real for a lot of people and it's. Is causing us to have to go back down to what's the most important. It also you know for me if someone who navigates politics has really cut need to. Really be more vocal about the in inequalities that received the fact that we have to have this conversation. About the fact that black women in particular are those the least equipped because of the fact that you know we don't get paid as much the fact that we have to. You know take time off when we have babies and that's not compensated nationally in this country would just. Crazy we need to talk about pay you leave didn't country right. And so it's really cause leave. To force the conversation about how we make sure we don't put people in this situation that having to choose between health care and rent and food in a time like this when we should all hopefully have the support that we. Expect my government at this time. And speaking up now supposedly 14100 dollars may be use in this stimulus check I mean how much of an impact will that happen particularly on family is not at all I mean if you think about how much people have been suffering over the course of months you know we know that 2000 dollars barely pays brain and all of that daycare and all that the people need right now to navigate insurance plans and health insurance is the what people are doing is they're making those tough choices you know that. You'll have a rent moratorium or in some places we didn't let the national. Rick more time to make sure that people can make ends meet I think it's not enough to have been a huge advocate of recurring payments of 2000 dollars a month to get people through. So it's good people make impossible choices they start living with other family members they go to works sick which is something that I think is we're not talking about people who Nixon Arafat cross lines workers can send their kids the schools that because they have to work and they have no choice that they have no chewing. I mean should not be in a civilized first world. You know country like America that should not be the case. Thanks to one of the things that I think that that. Pandemic exposed is just how fragile. Democracy his in this country but especially fragile for black people brown people the most marginalized the most vulnerable people in our country. I mean that the sheer fact that we kept pointing to the stock market in single look at the health of the stock market for it winds 60% of people on his in the United States don't own stocks. Most black people do not own stocks in most black women do not own stocks and so I think the idea that we could say we could try and push this off its it will here's when cash payment. Here's another quick cash payment that barely even allows people to pay for the very necessities that they need in a one time stop that's irresponsible. Eight I also think a lot to about. Like what the pandemic dies when the Russ all of us into this remote space. Particularly amongst people who could not make the twisted took over mountain creek so saying you know. What are my solicitor with my kids my kids have been sent home from school. We think a lot we don't think about what like. What school actually represents for a lot of people for so for a lot of people. School with safety school was food made my children go to a school where they get three free meals a day. And so schools have to scramble and come up with some kind of way to say we're going emit an eighteen to address these inequities and in these inequalities. And the thing that sits with me I think that kissing up and I really. Is this idea that so many children have actually disappeared. Under the pandemic they're not showing up this assuming in the virtual classrooms and things they're just gone and certainly you have social workers who can trying chased him down a truancy officers and things like that. But there's just simply not enough manpower. To do it to follow up so we have entire an entire generation of children that are being left. Behind. My niece works in the school district in Columbus, Ohio in the Columbus school system and that is very heavily black and I never really recognize you probably many people didn't. How little or how much it affects these kids when they have so little that home. So their children many of them don't have access to Wi-Fi they don't have. A lot of these other things you do you hear about the other families are creating pods in their communities in the kids were all getting together. That's not happening in a lot of black communities and that's what's going to be sort of frightening when we come out of this right how our kids can solicit. Just like they're in with our radiation suddenly it was party so thin so stretched and I was a kid that grew up in relied on free or reduced lunch to be able to. Have a meal. And in this summer's it was real apparent hit that with missing instead there's a lot of feeding programs out in McKee said. We kids are experiencing a lot of trauma at home it was school that was the estate for for us in a lot of times and certainly for kids now. And that was the accountability to the kids were doing OK and so we do worry about you're absolutely right we have to think about how these kids from the game. And more stress on moms were sheltering in some of these moms and this is what we need to talk about you know Blackmon who have this conversation. A lot of front line workers who were doing the work right now. Nurses teachers restaurant workers crush it got workers are black white and brown and black women in our country who are still going to work exposing themselves exposing their families can barely pay. They're not getting the health care that they need uniting the safety that they need and then they go back home and they have to hold. The children in the family and all of that a meaningful real burden in and I I regret that we're not talking about it warm that we talked about it but. Well that's the one good things sadly as difficult as this is conversations are being hat. That I think that we didn't have before and people certainly get wanna hear before and I think now we do need an at ABC news I've been reporting on subjects that I never had. Previously reported on in some times maybe they fell on deaf ears and now we're actually talking about it can be so great.

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