After being slammed in conservative media for being a racist herself, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has diverted $10 million in Covid relief to fight racism in Chicago.
Lightfoot announced a new policy last month declaring she would only allow “black and brown” reporters to interview her, and she was met with a massive backlash against this racist idea. Instead of backing off, she defended her policy.
Lightfoot declared racism a public health emergency in Chicago Thursday, pointing to systematic racism as a leading factor in life expectancy discrepancies across the city. Weird, we thought it was criminals shooting people.
Mayor Lightfoot: “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. 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.”
This declaration is her justification for diverting $10,000,000 in Covid-19 relief funding.
“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.”
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