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Dawn French and Lenny Henry lived with police officers due to racism

LONDON - APRIL 26: Dawn French and Lenny Henry pose in the press room at the BAFTA Television Awards 2009 held at The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on April 26, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Dawn French and Lenny Henry at the Bafta Television Awards 2009. (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Dawn French has revealed she and ex-husband Sir Lenny Henry were forced to have police officers live in their home due to “continual racism”.

Henry, who was knighted in 2015, has often spoken about the racism he has suffered in his life, and French, who was married to him for 25 years, has now spoken of the shock of witnessing it first-hand.

Speaking on Times Radio, she said: “I had never experienced anything like that until I met him and I just couldn’t believe the continual racism that happens in his life, the casual, insidious racism which I found really offensive.  

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“But then the big giant ‘let’s smear s**t on your door and try to set fire to your house’ kind of racism, and I was

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Systemic Racism Leads To Disparities In Nursing Home Covid-19 Cases, Deaths

As of September 13, U.S. nursing homes have reported over 230,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and over 55,400 Covid-19 deaths according to preliminary data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Black, Latino, and Native American or Alaska Native people are overrepresented in overall U.S. case and death totals, and it appears that similar disparities persist in nursing homes.

A new study from researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center and IMPAQ, a policy research and analytics firm, found that nursing homes with a disproportionate number of non-white residents had more new Covid-19 cases among residents and staff and more deaths among residents.

These disparities arise from the systemic racism that affects Black and indigenous communities and

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