The Times podcast: What COVID-19 wrought on Black men

Gary Evans at  Mt. San Jacinto State Park on Dec. 18, 2021.
Gary Evans at Mt. San Jacinto State Park on Dec. 18, 2021.
(Marissa Evans/Los Angeles Times)

Black people are two and a half times more likely to be hospitalized, and 1.7 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than whites.


That stat from the CDC is shocking. But it’s not exactly surprising. Not to people like L.A. Times reporter Marissa Evans.

Her father, Gary Evans, is now one of nearly 97,000 Black people in America who’ve died from COVID-19 complications.

And while Marissa is willing to accept her father’s death, on today’s episode, she says she refuses to accept that losing all these Black men is normal ... or OK.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times healthcare reporter Marissa Evans

More reading:

The way we lose Black men never makes sense. Losing my father to COVID is another example

Black L.A. residents have highest COVID hospitalization rate: ‘A deplorable reality’

Op-Ed: A COVID diary: My Black family’s struggle with vaccine hesitancy

About The Times

“The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, senior producers Denise Guerra, Shannon Lin and Kasia Broussalian and producers Ashlea Brown and Angel Carreras. Our engineer is Mario Diaz. Our editor is Kinsee Morlan. Our executive producers are Jazmín Aguilera and Shani O. Hilton. Our theme song was composed by Andrew Eapen.