Top CDC Official Says Police Behavior Has Exacted a Trauma on Black Americans
Police violence has exacted a trauma we have yet to really address
In frank terms, a top federal official charged with addressing racial disparities in health outcomes in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic acknowledged that police killings of Black Americans also pose a public health threat.
“I think that systemic racism absolutely undermines public health and undermines the health of communities of color,” said Leandris Liburd, associate director of the minority health office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to Yahoo News. “And we see that in the health inequities that are also part of this disproportionate burden experienced by communities of color” in the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has killed 24,823 Black Americans across the United States, according to the COVID Racial Data Tracker, a joint project of the Atlantic magazine and an anti-racism institute at American University.
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