Is Racism a Public Health Crisis?

Oct 16, 2020
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Can your race be bad for your health? Some cities and towns in our region say yes! Yes, it is!

The outcry for racial justice following the death of George Floyd has caused municipalities, and even some states around the country, to officially declare racism a public health crisis. Racial disparities in our social and health care systems can compromise Black and Brown people's well-being in our communities.

The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted this imbalance.

U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn.
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U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes of Connecticut called for renewed dialogue about racist extremism after her Zoom event was targeted by a barrage of racial slurs.

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Connecticut’s largest city is considering the fate of a statue of Christopher Columbus removed from a public park.

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Two Brookhaven firefighters have resigned after a Confederate flag was displayed on a ladder track during a drive-by parade in Patchogue.

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The U.S. Department of Justice wants Yale University to stop considering race as a factor in admissions, according to a letter the DOJ sent to Yale on Thursday.