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A Chicago city official heavily criticized Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s claim that racism was to blame for the challenges facing the city, declaring it a “public health crisis.” Lightfoot on Thursday blamed “systemic racism” for the hardships minority residents face in the city, pledging to use millions of dollars in grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for combatting alleged systemic racism, which she called a “public health crisis.” “When we think about racism, many of us think about it in visible and audible forms, but the reality is the insidious nature of systemic racism has other impacts that are every bit as deep and harmful, but often ones that we can’t see, like the impacts on the psyche and other impacts on our bodies that are just as, if not more deadly,” Lightfoot said, as The Daily Wire previously reported. Alderman Raymond Lopez of Chicago’s 15th Ward, however, says gang violence is to blame for the problems faced by minority residents. “Generational gang life isn’t just something that’s encouraged. It’s almost revered in some neighborhoods,” Lopez told the Washington Examiner.

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