The Systemic Racism of Lockdowns

A man crosses a nearly deserted Fulton Street in lower Manhattan during the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, April 3, 2020. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
Progressives have a big blind spot when it comes to racial justice: their own policies.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P rogressives have made ending “systemic racism” their most prominent cause. It’s one they believe in fervently, though alas not fervently enough to see how their own policies contribute to the segregation and suffering of poor and minority communities.

The past year has given us another case in point: the grossly regressive and racially disparate impact of heavy-handed lockdown measures.

The most important metric for judging the success of any policy is cost-benefit analysis. So let’s look first at the benefits of heavy-handed lockdown measures in California versus the much lighter approach taken in Florida, particularly since the summer of 2020.

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Mario Loyola is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the director of the Environmental Finance and Risk Management Program of Florida International University, and a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute of George Mason University. The opinions expressed in this column are his alone.

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