Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

COVID-19 and What it Reveals About Disparity

May 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Omid Bagheri

(Note: This piece is adapted from an article shared on JustLead Washington’s Blog for the equity & justice community, posted March 30, 2020).

As the COVID-19 pandemic washes over us like a Tsunami, increasingly, already existing disparities in access to income stability, health care, safe shelter and other essentials have been laid bare. This is an irony, for as the “novel” virus is seen as universal, tremendous disparities are being revealed. Historic systemic oppression has made some communities more vulnerable than their more privileged counterparts; in health care terms, inequality is a comorbidity. Another irony is how so many people whom we previously may...

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