New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the coronavirus crisis, which exposed inequalities in health care, and the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, are connected.
"One looks like a public health system issue, Covid, but it's getting at the inequality in health care also on a deeper level. And then the George Floyd situation, which gets at the inequality and discrimination in the criminal justice system. They are connected," he said at his daily news briefing on Saturday.
He said we need to stop looking at incidents of racial injustice as "individual incidents."
"When you have one episode, two episodes maybe you can look at them as individual episodes. But when you have 10 episodes, 15 episodes, you are blind or in denial if you are still treating each one like a unique situation," Cuomo said.
"How many times have we seen the same situation? Yes, the names change, but the color doesn't," he added.