CLOSE A growing number of Americans are suddenly losing their jobs as the coronavirus shuts down industries, businesses and schools. (March 19) AP DomesticWASHINGTON — Opal Foster went to work last Wednesday at a small printing company in Rockville, Maryland. By lunchtime, the graphic designer had been laid off. The company’s main customers – private schools, entertainment venues and national museums – had closed because of the coronavirus outbreak, so business had nearly come to a halt.The single mother, who has a son with Down syndrome, will rely on some freelancing to help make ends meet and turn to family and area food banks to help fill her cupboards.“For the short-term, that’s the Band-Aid on the wound,” said Foster, 45, who is African American. “But that doesn’t pay my car note. That doesn’t pay my rent.”Foster is among thousands of employees at small businesses, restaurants, hotels, bars and manufacturing companies who lost their jobs in recent days because of the coronavirus pandemic. Civil rights groups worry those workers, many of whom are disproportionately people of color, will be sent in a downward spiral, scraping to pay bills and feed their families.“We know that when the economy goes into decline, people of color always bear the brunt,’’ said Teresa


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