I thought we were done for the day in ridiculing Lori Lightfoot.
After consulting with public health experts at the CDC, Lori Lightfoot held a press conference this afternoon in which she declared that systematic racism is a “public health emergency” in the city she governs. In fact, it is a more pernicious threat than COVID-19 which is also invisible.
“One month before the stay-at-home shutdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Lori Lightfoot boldly declared that “poverty is killing us” and vowed to end it in Chicago “in the next generation.”
On Thursday, the first African American female and first openly gay mayor of Chicago made an equally bold political statement. She declared systemic racism a public health crisis.
Lightfoot said she can do nothing less after a pandemic that forced black and Hispanic
Chicagoans to bear the brunt of the layoffs and deaths. It exposed Chicago’s ugly underbelly — higher crime rates in neighborhoods of color triggered, in large part by disparate access to health care, healthy food options, jobs and economic opportunity.
No wonder there’s a 9.2-year gap between the average life expectancy for Blacks and whites and a broader “death gap” in some African American neighborhoods.
Lightfoot noted that “80% of health outcomes are due to social factors, including housing, safety, education, economic opportunity — every single one of which have, through our history as a nation, been impacted by systemic racism. … That’s why we’re making this declaration today. Because we can no longer allow racism to rob our residents of the opportunity to live and lead full, healthy and happy lives.”
The mayor said she need look no further than her own parents to see how the “insidious nature” of systemic racism impacts the body and the mind in ways that are “just as, if not more, deadly.”
It “puts a cap on someone’s humanity,” destroys their “perception of themselves” and leaves them with “lasting mental illness, such as depression, anxiety and anger that turns into physical ailments.” …”
Yeah, that’s it.
“Systematic racism” is why Chicago has gone to shit. It has nothing to do with Zimbabwe-style Afrocentrism Marxism and Zimbabwe demographics producing Zimbabwe-like results.