Originally published on the Daily Caller
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared racism a “serious public health threat” Thursday.
“The pandemic illuminated inequities that have existed for generations and revealed for all of America a known, but often unaddressed, epidemic impacting public health: racism,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky wrote. She announced that the CDC would conduct new research on racism and public health, while also increasing diversity within the agency.
The #COVID19 pandemic has illuminated longstanding racial and ethnic health inequities that have persisted in this country for centuries. Learn more about how CDC is working to understand and measure the health impacts of racism. https://t.co/Gtpe22asT3
— CDC (@CDCgov) April 8, 2021
Walensky claimed that racism “is not just the discrimination against one group based on the color of their skin or their race or ethnicity, but the structural barriers that impact racial and ethnic groups differently to influence where a person lives, where they work, where their children play, and where they worship and gather in community.”
Public health officials have pointed to racism as a concern throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, sometimes justifying Black Lives Matter protests without social distancing, since “opposition to racism [is] vital to the public health.” Boston, Sacramento, and other cities have declared racism a public health crisis.
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