Racism is a virus like COVID only much more sinister. By having racist thoughts in the privacy of your own mind, you are causing People of Color to suffer from structural inequity.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday labeled racism as a serious threat to public health and said it would take steps to address the matter.
“What we know is this: racism is a serious public health threat that directly affects the well-being of millions of Americans,” Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said in a statement. “As a result, it affects the health of our entire nation.” …
According to the American Public Health Association, more than 170 local and state leaders, as well as public health entities, have declared racism a public health crisis or emergency.
She added that the pandemic has disproportionately affected communities of color because of racism, which she defined as structural barriers that have an impact on the ways different racial and ethnic groups live. …”
COVID systematically targeted and killed People of Color which led to an inequitable outcome in the racial distribution of people who ended up dying from the virus. We all know that BIPOC people died from COVID because of “structural racism” and “white supremacy.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the death of over 500,000 Americans. Tens of millions have been infected. And across this country people are suffering. Importantly, these painful experiences and the impact of COVID-19 is felt, most severely, in communities of color—communities that have experienced disproportionate case counts and deaths, and where the social impact of the pandemic has been most extreme.
Yet, the disparities seen over the past year were not a result of COVID-19. Instead, 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. …”
Why is there so much distrust of public health officials?
It is because of nonsense like this. Even when they are telling the truth about something, millions of people will automatically dismiss them because they don’t have any trust in institutions.