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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared that racism is a “serious public health threat.” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, says racism has gone too far and is affecting the “health of our entire nation.”
Following the announcement, the CDC said it will use COVID-19 funding to make “new and expanded investments in racial and ethnic minority communities and other disproportionately affected communities around the country, establishing a durable infrastructure that will provide the foundation and resources to address disparities related to COVID-19 and other health conditions.”
Walensky began by saying that COVID disproportionately hurts communities of color, then quickly dropped this paragraph:
“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.”
Walensky then said that racism is systemic and that we must work overtime to “overcome centuries of discrimination.”
Speaking of the country’s well-being, labeling nearly everything that makes the news racist is making it worse. Far worse. The growing appetite to spin everything in a way that says white people are racist has greatly contributed to our country’s divide, anxiousness, and hostility.
As expected, users online are pumping their fists about the new crisis. Complex even shared an image calling racism a “pandemic.”
There are, however, some accounts mocking the announcement:
Sneezed on the subway and everyone caught racism. https://t.co/6oNxj6HXRd
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 9, 2021
When the CDC director said "racism" is a public health threat what she really meant was white people are a public health threat.
To the left, literally everything white people do is racism.
— Will Ricciardella (@WillRicci) April 9, 2021
The CDC, what would you do without it?