Coronavirus Shutdown Is Hitting Black Business Owners Hardest

From The New York Times: “More than 40 percent of black business owners reported they weren’t working in April, when businesses were feeling the worst of the pandemic’s economic consequences. Only 17 percent of white small business owners said the same, according to an analysis of government data by Robert Fairlie of the University of California, Santa Cruz. …

Some business owners say they have found the most help from community organizations. Others adjusted their business model during lockdowns, allowing them to remain open for now.

‘We’re resilient people. African-Americans, we’ve been through so much,’ said Millie Peartree, the owner of Millie Peartree Catering, who has shifted during the outbreak to feeding essential workers and hungry children in the Bronx. ‘I’m always going to find a way.'”

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