RH Short #6 | Ruha Benjamin on COVID-19 and racial inequality

Even with a virus that doesn’t respect borders, vulnerability is spread unevenly. And some of the largest disparities seen so far have involved race and ethnicity. We talked to Ruha Benjamin about the ways in which the coronavirus exposes racial inequality.

Ruha Benjamin is a sociologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. The primary focus of her work is the relationship between innovation and equity, particularly focusing on the intersection of race, justice and technology. Benjamin is the author of numerous publications, including the books People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (2013) and Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (2019).


Interviewer: Ayaan Abukar

Edit: Lieke Heil

Subtitles: Roos van Aken

Visual designer: Colet Assmann

Producer: Oscar Bouwhuis

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