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Beyoncé Delivered A Passionate Speech About How The Coronavirus Is Killing Black Americans At A High Rate

"This virus is killing black people at an alarmingly high rate here in America."

On Saturday, Beyoncé made yet another surprise appearance this week, this time for Global Citizen's One World: Together At Home concert to thank health care workers and other members on the frontline who are working during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Tonight, we celebrate true heroes. Those who are making the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all safe, fed, and healthy. To the doctors, the nurses, and other health care workers who are away from their families taking care of ours, we continue to pray for your safety," she said.

"To those in the food industry, delivery workers, mail carriers, and sanitation employees who are working so that we can be safe in our homes, we thank you for your selfless service," the singer added.

"Black Americans disproportionately belong to these essential parts of the workforce that do not have the luxury of working from home," Beyoncé noted. "And African American communities at large have been severely affected in this crisis. Those with pre-existing conditions are at an even higher risk."

"This virus is killing black people at an alarmingly high rate here in America," she stated.

The 38-year-old cited a recent report that showed that 57 percent of the coronavirus-related deaths from her home city, Houston, were African Americans.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and White House health adviser, acknowledged the alarming disparity earlier this month.

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"Health disparities have always existed for the African American community," he said. "Here again with the crisis, how it’s shining a bright light on how unacceptable that is because, yet again, when you have a situation like the coronavirus, they are suffering disproportionately."

“Please protect yourselves,” Beyoncé continued. “We are one family. We need you. We need your voices, your abilities, and your strength all over this world. I know it’s very hard but please be patient, stay encouraged, keep the faith, stay positive, and continue to pray for our heroes.”

Watch her full speech here.