For the past few days, I have been, and will continue to post statements from Evanston residents and leaders with their responses to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police in Minneapolis last week--and the racism that pervades our city, state, and country.
Here's Nancy Glick, an infectious diseases physician at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago.
She has been on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic since March and has witnessed how it has wreaked havoc on the lives of Black and brown people in Chicago.
"I am an infectious disease doctor who works on the west and south side of Chicago. For 20 years I have seen the manifestation of systemic racism in lack of access to health care, in lack of resources in schools, businesses, and the recognition that violence doesn't matter because it only impacts people of color.
If you love the schools your kids go to and feel that they are getting a wonderful education, if you feel safe walking down the street, if you have gone to the doctor and not worried that the bill will bankrupt you, if your child has made any mistakes and faced either no or minor consequences, if you are able to shelter in place and work from home during the COVID pandemic, then you have the privilege to make sure these are options for all people, no matter where they live or the color of their skin."
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