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Pharrell Williams talks race and COVID-19 on ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’


Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesPharrell Williams appeared on Wednesday’s edition of The Tonight Show at Home, where he got a chance to chat with host Jimmy Fallon about the disproportionate number of minorities affected by COVID-19 and the misconceptions surrounding race about the virus.

“I just think that there’s this narrative that [people of color] don’t know how to take care of ourselves,” he says. “You know, we’re twice as likely to get asthma and all these other crazy things going around, and it’s not that.”

“It’s just that the healthcare is disproportionate and you’re seeing the effects of that right now in the way that this thing is spreading and who’s getting the help and how they’re getting the help [and] their access,” he explains. “You know, there’s historical injustices with healthcare with people of color and those things systemically contribute to the disproportionate access.”

“We’re human beings,” he continues. “If we were to be treated like that from the very beginning, we wouldn’t have disproportionate problems, but we do.”

Pharrell is one of the many musicians from the world of music and entertainment taking part in Saturday’s One World: Together at Home digital live stream, co-hosted by Fallon, along with Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert and 8 p.m. ET across all major networks and streaming platforms. 

The event, presented in partnership by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization, will celebrate and support the healthcare workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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