So there’s a lot in the media (that you may have seen) about how BAME communities are more affected by COVID and how COVID patients seem to be disproportionately POC. This is information which has become more and more prevalent, and in the UK an inquiry has been launched into the impact of COVID on BAME communities. [LINK TO PROOF] The following is a list, adapted from a thread we made on twitter, on how systematic racim (not any inherent “biological difference” between races, a concept that literally doesn’t exist) has lead to the increased chace of catching and dying due to COVID-19 people of colour face.

BAME students affected by COVID

  • Now to turn this into how BAME students are in particular affected by COVID – school age students are being affected by the governments use of modelling predicted grades
  • – Schools which are in more challenging socio-economic backgrounds give lower predicted grades to their students – many of whom are BAME
  • For BAME postgraduate students, there may be a disparity in their wealth vs their white counterparts, leading to them being more affected by COVID, especially in the case of lack of funding
  • A lot of BAME postgraduate students are still in their overdrafts and living paycheck to paycheck, having an unfunded extension may simply not be feasible
  • Young carers are also 1.5x more likely to be from BAME backgrounds – some BAME postgrads may also be carers, and the relatives they are caring for may be more susceptible to COVID
  • In general the stress of having relatives who are more at risk to catch and die from COVID due to their ethnicities puts a lot of pressure on BAME PGR students. It is very hard to try and make sure BAME parents and relatives are okay, especially when quarantining far away.
  • It is of vital importance that BAME PGR students are supported in this time – many may be reticent to talk about the effects of COVID on themselves and their families. The impact of race and of institutional racism must not be overlooked.
  • If we are to make academia a better, more welcoming place for BAME individuals, we need to make sure that we understand how the barriers BAME people face in academia are exacerbated by the COVID crisis.