Black Baton Rouge residents, similar to many other Black populations across the United States, have been hit the hardest compared to their racial counterparts, by the pandemic. Based on findings, access to resources, including the use of new media technologies, are crucial in supporting the community. These findings suggest that increasing digital literacies and accessibility (e.g., the use of a debit card, SNAP, and EBT online) and mitigating the digital divide, would help support communities as they seek to utilize digital spaces, such as shopping online and telemedical services, to order supplies and medications. Also, financial support, directed towards individuals and local small businesses and nonprofits, is crucial as support from family, community members, and local organizations including churches was a large theme throughout the data.
*Based on Three hundred twenty-two (322) Black Baton Rouge residents answered an open and closed-ended questionnaire. Of the sample, 48% identified as male, 49% identified as female, and 3% as non-gender binary. Forty-nine percent (49%) of the sample held a college degree (associate degree or higher), and the average age was 35, ranging from 18 to 76 years of age.