100 New Yorkers I
About the artwork
To understand racial inequality in my home city of New York, I spent months drawing these 100 characters, who represent New York City in a way that reflects its population as recorded by census data. I hope that these numbers make us pause and think about representation in the lead up to this election where voter suppression is already a huge concern.
If New York City were 100 people, 14 would be age 65 and over. Eleven would have a disability. Sixty-eight would be people of color. Thirty-seven would be immigrants. Nineteen would live in poverty. Ten would have an annual income of over $105,000.
These numbers are also relevant when thinking about health. When you consider who is most affected by Covid-19, you need to consider inequalities in housing, in access to healthcare, in wealth. And so much of that ends up consistently affecting people of color. These inequalities existed before Covid-19 arrived in New York. And the pandemic has not eliminated those differences; rather, it has shown the way that they are tied together.
About Mona Chalabi
“The ultimate goal is to make information accessible in as joyous a way as possible”
London-born artist and writer Mona Chalabi advocates for quality data journalism, and has brought her distinctive sensibility, which often matches compelling statistical analysis with charming illustrations, to television comedy, po...More about Mona Chalabi
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