Racist Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday declared racism a public health emergency and diverted $10 million in Covid funds to address the problem.
Recall, Lightfoot recently was sued last month by Judicial Watch on behalf of The Daily Caller after she denied reporter Thomas Catenacci an interview because he was white.
Lightfoot announced her racist policy last month. She proudly declared she will openly discriminate against white reporters to only allow “black and brown” reporters interviews.
She later defended her policy.
Lightfoot declared racism a public emergency and said there is a 9.2 year life expectancy gap between black and non-black Chicagoans.
“At almost every single point in our city’s history, racism has taken a devastating toll on the health and well-being of our residents of color – especially those who are Black,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “Without formally acknowledging this detrimental impact, we will never be able to move forward as a city and fully provide our communities with the resources they need to live happy and healthy lives.”
Fox News reported:
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared racism a public health emergency Thursday, pointing to systematic racism as a leading factor in life expectancy discrepancies across the city.
The Chicago mayor said she was “doubling down” on both ongoing and new collaborations between city officials and community leaders to address racism in the Windy City.
Lightfoot said the city would be implementing a “will to act” initiative that will focus on addressing the impacts of historical policies like Jim Crow restrictions, redlining, and “other forms of financial and housing segregation and discrimination.”
The city’s public health department said it will allocate nearly $10 million in coronavirus relief funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish six Healthy Chicago Equity Zones that will encompass the entire city.
“The launch of the Healthy Chicago Equity Zones is an extension of the racial and health equity work implemented by community leaders, public health entities, city government, and health institutions,” said Ayesha Jaco, executive director of West Side United, a community-based initiative for Chicago’s western neighborhoods.