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Richmond City Council unanimously declares racism a public health crisis

When racial justice protests erupted after the death of George Floyd, it put the ongoing issue of racial equality front and center. Now, racism is increasingly getting a new label: public health emergency.
Posted at 11:35 PM, Jul 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-26 23:35:27-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond City Council has unanimously declared racism a public health crisis.

The declaration comes five months after Virginia lawmakers passed a similar resolution.

This resolution lays out a 10-point plan that includes new laws, public outreach efforts and anti-racism training for city officials and employees.

City leaders say that the declaration will allow more resources to be focused on systemic issues in the city, especially disparities in public health.