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Dozens of City Governments Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis


On July 7, Memphis passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis, following the examples of dozens of cities across the U.S. The city council vote was unanimous. The language of the resolution draws a through-line from the 1866 Memphis Massacre, when white terrorists killed and raped dozens of Black people, to the current Covid-19 pandemic, where the coronavirus has disproportionately infected and killed Black residents, in making the case for a plague of systemic racism.

Among the causes for the declaration, as stated in the resolution: “A failure by any of our citizens to acknowledge ...