Tweet of the Day: Gretchen Whitmer Declares Racism a Public Health Issue, Links It To COVID-19


On Wednesday, Gretchen Whitmer, the Democrat governor of Michigan, declared racism to be a public health issue and managed, somehow, to link it to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a press release put out by the state, Whitmer “signed Executive Directive 2020-9, recognizing racism as a public health crisis and taking initial steps to address it within state government. Under the Executive Directive, the governor asked MDHHS to make health equity a major goal, as well as required implicit bias training for all state employees.”

“Since I was sworn in as governor, I have made it a top priority to include more people of color, more women, and more members of the LGBTQ+ community at the table. We’ve been able to build a more inclusive state government, but there is more work to do. That’s why today, I am proud to create the Black Leadership Advisory Council of Michigan,” she said. “We must confront systemic racism head on so we can create a more equitable and just Michigan. This is not about one party or person. I hope we can continue to work towards building a more inclusive and unbiased state that works for everyone.”   

The press release adds:

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed, confirmed, and highlighted the deadly nature of pre-existing inequities caused by systemic racism. For example, in cases where race and ethnicity is known, the rate of reported COVID-19 cases for Black/African American Michigan residents is 14,703 per 1,000,000, compared with 4,160 per 1,000,000 for white residents, more than three times higher. And the rate of reported COVID-19 deaths for Black/African American Michigan residents is 1,624 per 1,000,000 compared with 399 per 1,000,000 for White residents, more than four times higher.

So, are we to believe that the pandemic has a racial overtone?  It sure sounds like it.

Whitmer celebrated the move on Twitter:

She added:

We can’t wait to see what madness she’ll come up with next.

This, by the way, is the modern Democrat Party.  Let that sink in…

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