Mayor Lightfoot declares racism a “public health crisis” will divert $10M in funding to fight “inequities”

Thursday Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared racism to be a public health crisis that is “literally killing us.”

Lightfoot announced roughly $10 million that was allocated for COVID relief will be moved to boost “equity.”

Standing in front of an exhibit honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Lightfoot declared ‘When we think about racism, many of us think about its visible and audible forms. But the reality is, the insidious nature of systemic racism has other impacts that are every bit as deep and harmful but are often ones we can’t see, like impacts on the psyche and other impacts on our bodies that are just as, if not more, deadly.”

Lightfoot also tweeted:

The State of Health for Blacks in Chicago is a stark reminder of the legacy of unacceptable inequities that continue to plague our city and country to this day.

The racial life expectancy gap in Chicago is driven by 5 factors:

🤎 Chronic Diseases, like Diabetes
🤎 Homicide
🤎 Infant Mortality
🤎 HIV, Flu and other infections (COVID-19)
🤎 Opioid overdose