In early April, WBEZ-FM reported that 70 percent of deaths in Chicago from COVID-19 are Black residents, despite the Black population making up only 29 percent in Chicago. This statistic, while brutal, underscored a reality that is Carroll is already aware of. There is a 30-year difference in life expectancy between Streeterville and Englewood. She warns that if corporations, philanthropists and wealthy individuals do not step up now and continue to only care about the bottom line at the expense of entire communities, this difference will only be exacerbated.
At I Grow Chicago, we say that it is our duty to be a good ancestor. One year from now, I want to be proud of who I am and how I acted in this moment. I pray with all my heart that you, my fellow millionaires, business owners and philanthropists, allow yourselves to care, too.