“Discrimination as a Chronic Illness”

Lawmakers are the latest round of leaders to declare racism a public health emergency.
 
City councils in Cleveland, Denver, and Indianapolis, plus county officials in California and Maryland have acknowledged the crisis. More are sure to follow.  
 
Why these places? Perhaps because they are home to particularly stark health disparities. In Cleveland, maternal mortality rates are 2-3X higher for Black women than white women and lead poisoning still plagues black neighborhoods.
 
The tangible physical impacts of racism are myriad, from accelerated aging to low birth weight babies—and leaders’ declarations, while symbolic, give new urgency to the issue.
 
The Guardian

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