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Minneapolis declares racism a public health emergency

By Tal Axelrod

The Hill

The Minneapolis City Council approved a resolution Friday declaring racism a public emergency nearly two months after the high-profile killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.

The resolution says that “racism in all its forms causes persistent discrimination and disparate outcomes in many areas of life, including housing, education, health, employment, public safety and criminal justice; exacerbated further by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis” and commits city leaders to recognize the “severe impact of racism on the wellbeing of residents and the city overall.”

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