Boston Mayor Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis

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Boston Mayor Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis

Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston announced plans to move funds from the Police Department’s overtime budget to programs that address racism and health inequities.

“The new normal is not going to be what we experienced in the past. It’s incumbent upon me, it’s incumbent upon all of us, to continue to move forward. Too often we’ve seen a shooting of a black man and we have protests and we turn the page. Sometimes when we turn the page it’s because we can’t get the proper federal attention, or attention to it. It’s incumbent upon me as mayor and the rest of us not to let that happen. The question is, What do I say to the police that we’re moving this money from the overtime budget and it’s not fair to them? The answer is the money that we’re going to be investing is actually benefiting them to deal with racism, to deal with health inequities, to deal with opportunities for our youth, to deal with homelessness. These two steps are the first two steps I’m taking today in declaring racism a public health crisis and also working to do reforms in the Police Department. There are other steps that we have to take in housing, in education, in economic development — all of those — it’s all of it together.”

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