ITV: Older people and men ‘more likely to suffer’ with Covid even after two jabs, researchers say

ITV: Older people and men ‘more likely to suffer’ with Covid even after two jabs, researchers say. “Older people, men and those from ethnic backgrounds are more likely to be admitted to hospital or die even after they have been double-vaccinated against coronavirus, according to researchers. The QCovid tool developed by scientists at the University of Oxford used a range of data to show that while the risk of severe Covid-19 after vaccination remains low, some people are at greater risk than others.”

University of Kansas: Researcher Develops Website Featuring Maps Of School Segregation Across Us To Help Spur Research

University of Kansas: Researcher Develops Website Featuring Maps Of School Segregation Across Us To Help Spur Research . “The 2020 U.S. Census Bureau data shows that the United States population has grown more diverse and is increasingly urbanizing. Yet K-12 schools remain largely segregated. A new website developed by a University of Kansas researcher uses census and demographic data to build maps for all 50 states and the District of Columbia to explore where schools are most and least segregated to help inform discussions of how populations have shifted.”

New York Times: Facebook Apologizes After A.I. Puts ‘Primates’ Label on Video of Black Men

New York Times: Facebook Apologizes After A.I. Puts ‘Primates’ Label on Video of Black Men. “Facebook users who recently watched a video from a British tabloid featuring Black men saw an automated prompt from the social network that asked if they would like to ‘keep seeing videos about Primates,’ causing the company to investigate and disable the artificial intelligence-powered feature that pushed the message.” I no longer believe Facebook is making a good-faith effort to combat these problems. Either that or AI-based moderation/direction is not currently possible.

CNN: Black and LGBTQ streamers on Twitch boycotted the platform after repeated ‘hate raids’

CNN: Black and LGBTQ streamers on Twitch boycotted the platform after repeated ‘hate raids’. “One preliminary report from Twitch journalist Zach Bussey showed at one point Wednesday that 5,000 fewer users were streaming and 500,000 fewer viewers were watching than at the same time just one week earlier. Now, the organizers are hoping that Twitch heeds their demands and enacts new policies to protect them.”

Black Film Archive: Introducing BlackFilmArchive .com

Black Film Archive: Introducing BlackFilmArchive.com. “For the past year, I’ve spent most of my time pondering one question: What does it mean to make Black film history accessible? Today, I’m proud to launch Black Film Archive, an evolving project that serves as my current response to this expansive question. In its first iteration, Black Film Archive lists every* Black film made between 1915 and 1979 currently streaming with every description written by yours truly. This free platform and open resource has been created with you all in mind. There are over 200 films for you to discover… right now!”

UNC University Libraries: University Libraries releases 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge syllabus

UNC University Libraries: University Libraries releases 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge syllabus. “Libraries and library workers interested in examining racism, bias and inequity have a new tool to do so. The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released the syllabus of its recent 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge focused on libraries and archives. The syllabus is the work of the University Libraries’ IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility) Council.” The syllabus is available as a Creative Commons licensed PDF. A lot of the resources in it are freely available, though some are specific to UNC libraries.

Penn State News: Black patients more likely to have had strokes prior to COVID-19 diagnosis

Penn State News: Black patients more likely to have had strokes prior to COVID-19 diagnosis. “Black COVID-19 patients are more likely to have experienced strokes prior to their diagnosis than their non-Black counterparts, according to a study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers. They said this may be one explanation for why COVID-19 mortality has been high in Black populations.”

Washington Post: Seven out of 10 people in this Maryland Zip code are unvaccinated. Local leaders are trying to change that.

Washington Post: Seven out of 10 people in this Maryland Zip code are unvaccinated. Local leaders are trying to change that.. “Lewis N. Watson, a mortician and pastor on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, has seen his share of covid-19 losses here over the past year and a half. At the height of the pandemic, about 7 out of every 10 deaths handled by the Lewis N. Watson Funeral Home in Wicomico County were from the virus. Then the numbers began to drop. By late winter, he said, he barely saw any covid-related deaths at his funeral home. That began to change around June, he said, when cases started again to creep up.”

Route Fifty: Evictions To Impact More Black, Latino Households

Route Fifty: Evictions To Impact More Black, Latino Households. “Nationwide, about 58% of households headed by Black/African American adults rent their homes, as do nearly 52% of Hispanic/Latino adults, according to Pew’s analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. By contrast, 28% of white households and 40% of Asian households live in rental units. Sixty-six percent of U.S. residents age 35 or younger are more likely to rent than other age groups, according to Pew. About 42% of renters are 35 to 44 years old and 32% are 45 to 54 years old.”

Smithsonian Launches “Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past” With a Virtual Forum (BusinessWire) (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Smithsonian Launches “Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past” With a Virtual Forum (PRESS RELEASE). “The Smithsonian will kick off its new race initiative, ‘Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past,’ with a virtual forum Aug. 26. The initiative will bring together resources from across the Smithsonian to explore how Americans understand, experience and confront racism through several critical lenses like wellness, wealth and the arts. ‘Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past’ will include virtual and live events across the country as well as digital content, storytelling and learning resources for students and educators.”

Washington Post: Marginalized streamers beg Twitch to ‘do better’ in wake of hate raids, poor pay

Washington Post: Marginalized streamers beg Twitch to ‘do better’ in wake of hate raids, poor pay. “During an Aug. 6 broadcast, the Twitch streamer RekItRaven — who is Black and uses they/them pronouns — emotionally described a series of traumatic, real-life experiences that informed who they are today. In response, viewers in chat told Raven that they were ‘loved.’ This made what happened next especially hurtful. About 20 minutes later, Raven’s chat was suddenly flooded by dozens of users spamming the same message, which read in part: ‘This channel now belongs to the KKK.’ It was the second time that had happened in just one week.”

University of Utah: How society’s inequalities showed up in COVID outcomes

University of Utah: How society’s inequalities showed up in COVID outcomes. “Racial minorities comprise around a quarter of Utah’s population but represent a third of COVID-19 cases in the state. A similar story has played out across the country. Why have racial minorities been unequally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? Researchers are still working out the answer to this question, but a new study from University of Utah researchers including Daniel Mendoza and Tabitha Benney explores the hypothesis that variation in income and occupational status, on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood scale, may be the reason.”

New York Times: How Facebook Failed to Stem Racist Abuse of England’s Soccer Players

New York Times: How Facebook Failed to Stem Racist Abuse of England’s Soccer Players. “In May 2019, Facebook asked the organizing bodies of English soccer to its London offices off Regent’s Park. On the agenda: what to do about the growing racist abuse on the social network against Black soccer players…. A few months later, Facebook provided soccer representatives with an athlete safety guide, including directions on how players could shield themselves from bigotry using its tools. The message was clear: It was up to the players and the clubs to protect themselves online.”