While campaigning in Flint, Mich., and Detroit, Sen. Kamala Harris emphasized the importance of ensuring a high turnout among Black voters to help elect Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
During a Sept. 22 interview with the TV station WDIV, Harris, Biden’s running mate, discussed the racial disparities revealed by the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic recession, which has hit Black-owned businesses particularly hard.
“I looked at the numbers in terms of the restaurants that received the benefit of the PPP in Michigan, and only one Black restaurant received it of the hundreds of others that received it,” Harris claimed.
“You cannot deny fact, and where there are disparities, they need to be addressed,” she said.
Researchers say Black-owned businesses have been hit hard during the current recession and have confronted barriers to accessing aid under the Paycheck Protection Program, a federal coronavirus relief program