Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2022 Julia Garbee
It is undeniable that the Covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the lives of the majority of Americans. The effects of the Covid-19 virus, however, are not equally distributed among the U.S. population. In particular, Black Americans and Republican Americans experienced disproportionate Covid-19 cases and deaths. This thesis explores the reasons why these two populations experienced unequal Covid-19 outcomes and determines where to place responsibility in each case. Using empirical evidence, I will first investigate the nature of the causes behind these disparities. Then I will highlight the similarities between the causes of unequal Covid-19 outcomes for Black Americans and for Republican Americans. Finally, I will use these comparisons to assess where responsibility should be placed in both cases. This evaluation sheds light on important philosophical principles and suggests policy responses based on responsibility.
Garbee, Julia, "Inequalities in Covid-19 Mortality Rates: A Comparison of Black Americans and Republican Americans" (2022). CMC Senior Theses. 3089.