Coronacast 9: Marcela

“The world’s in flames a little bit,” Marcela Betancur acknowledged at the outset of our conversation.

Marcela is executive director of the Latino Policy Institute. Preliminary data suggest that 45% of Rhode Islanders who have tested positive for COVID-19 are Latino. (Read more about that.)

I want to keep shouting: The coronavirus has laid bare inequities that already existed in our community. And Marcela said it best: “It’s not okay to ever go back.” Now that we all see the truth, now that we know it’s possible to better care for one another, we can’t accept the way we used to do things.


And I miss hugging my parents, too.