SALT LAKE CITY (AP
) — The mayor of Salt Lake City has signed a resolution declaring racism
a public health crisis and pledging to end racist
According to the American Public Health Association
, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall
and the Salt Lake City Council
adopted a joint resolution on Tuesday acknowledging that racism has a negative impact
on the mental and physical
health of communities of color.
“This is an important declaration for us as a city to make,” Mendenhall said in a statement
. “Not only are we publicly acknowledging the existence of a grave inequity that many in our community have known and experienced for so long, but we are also committing ourselves to the creation of anti-racist policies and ordinances.”
According to the resolution, the COVID-19 pandemic
exacerbated the effects of preexisting inequalities, putting a greater burden of “disease, death
, and social consequences” on Utahans of color.