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Chicago Mayor: ‘Breathtaking’ That African Americans Dying At Higher Rates | The Last Word | MSNBC

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WE’RE SEEING THE NUMBERS AS HIGH AS THEY ARE AND IT’S A CAUSE FOR AS THEY ARE AND IT’S A CAUSE FOR CONCERN CONCERN

>> THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPORTING >> THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPORTING >>> TODAY, CHICAGO MAYOR LORI >>> TODAY, CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT SAID THE CHICAGO LIGHTFOOT SAID THE CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH STATISTICS SHOW QUOTE 72% OF STATISTICS SHOW QUOTE 72% OF CHICAGO’S DEATHS HAVE BEEN AMONG CHICAGO’S DEATHS HAVE BEEN AMONG BLACK CHICAGOANS, THOUGH BLACK BLACK CHICAGOANS, THOUGH BLACK CHICAGOANS MAKE UP JUST 30% OF CHICAGOANS MAKE UP JUST 30% OF THE CITY’S POPULATION THE CITY’S POPULATION >> THOSE NUMBERS TAKE YOUR >> THOSE NUMBERS TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY

BREATH AWAY WHEN WE TALK ABOUT EQUITY AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT EQUITY AND INCLUSION, THEY’RE NOT JUST NICE INCLUSION, THEY’RE NOT JUST NICE NOTIONS NOTIONS THEY ARE AN IMPERATIVE THAT WE THEY ARE AN IMPERATIVE THAT WE MUST EMBRACE AS A CITY MUST EMBRACE AS A CITY

AND WE SEE THIS EVENING MORE AND WE SEE THIS EVENING MORE URGENTLY WHEN WE LOOK AT THESE URGENTLY WHEN WE LOOK AT THESE NUMBERS AND THIS DISPARITY NUMBERS AND THIS DISPARITY IT’S UNACCEPTABLE IT’S UNACCEPTABLE NONE SHOULD THINK THAT THIS IS NONE SHOULD THINK THAT THIS IS OKAY

OKAY >> JOINING US NOW IS CHICAGO >> JOINING US NOW IS CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT MAYOR LIGHTFOOT YOU MUST HAVE MAYOR LIGHTFOOT YOU MUST HAVE HAD A FEELING THESE WERE THE HAD A FEELING THESE WERE THE NUMBERS WE’D SHOW WITH THIS NUMBERS WE’D SHOW WITH THIS OVERWHELMING IMPACT ON AFTER OVERWHELMING IMPACT ON AFTER CONDITION AMERICAN — CONDITION AMERICAN — AFRICAN AMERICANS IN CHICAGO AFRICAN AMERICANS IN CHICAGO

DO YOU HAVE A WORKING THEORY WHY DO YOU HAVE A WORKING THEORY WHY IT IS? IT IS? >> I THINK THE REPORTING YOU >> I THINK THE REPORTING YOU JUST SHOWED WHICH IS WHEN YOU JUST SHOWED WHICH IS WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THESE HEALTH HAVE ALL THESE HEALTH DISPARITIES PRECOVID, WHERE YOU DISPARITIES PRECOVID, WHERE YOU HAVE A DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER HAVE A DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE AFRICAN OF PEOPLE IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY WITH DIABETES AMERICAN COMMUNITY WITH DIABETES DIABETES, HEALTH AILMENTS, DIABETES, HEALTH AILMENTS, RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS, THIS RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS, THIS DISEASE ATTACKS AND FEASTS ON DISEASE ATTACKS AND FEASTS ON THOSE UNDERLYING CONDITIONS AND THOSE UNDERLYING CONDITIONS AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE SEEING THAT’S WHAT WE’RE SEEING MANIFEST IN THE NUMBERS MANIFEST IN THE NUMBERS I MEAN, IT BREATHTAKING I MEAN, IT BREATHTAKING WHEN I FIRST SAW THESE NUMBERS, WHEN I FIRST SAW THESE NUMBERS, I HAD A HARD TIME THINKING ABOUT I HAD A HARD TIME THINKING ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE BECAUSE I KNEW ANYTHING ELSE BECAUSE I KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO LAND LIKE A THIS WAS GOING TO LAND LIKE A BOMB AND THAT WE HAD TO COME UP BOMB AND THAT WE HAD TO COME UP WITH SOME CONCRETE RAPID WITH SOME CONCRETE RAPID RESPONSES TO HELP PEOPLE IN RESPONSES TO HELP PEOPLE IN THESE COMMUNITIES

THESE COMMUNITIES >> AND THERE HASN’T BEEN ANY EMP >> AND THERE HASN’T BEEN ANY EMP HIS HIS — EMP HISHASIS ON THIS OR A WO — EMP HISHASIS ON THIS OR A WO AT THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFINGS, AT THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFINGS, THE PUBLIC TRANSFERS ABOUT THIS THE PUBLIC TRANSFERS ABOUT THIS AND YET, WE HEARD IN THE REPORT AND YET, WE HEARD IN THE REPORT JUST NOW THAT THERE WAS ALSO JUST NOW THAT THERE WAS ALSO THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF MISINFORMATION OUT THERE FOR — MISINFORMATION OUT THERE FOR — DO YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF WHAT DO YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF WHAT KIND OF MISINFORMATION THERE HAS KIND OF MISINFORMATION THERE HAS BEEN IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY? BEEN IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY? >> I THINK THERE HAS BEEN >> I THINK THERE HAS BEEN MISINFORMATION THAT BLACK PEOPLE MISINFORMATION THAT BLACK PEOPLE CAN’T ACTUALLY GET THE VIRUS AND CAN’T ACTUALLY GET THE VIRUS AND THE TRUTH IS IN CHICAGO, THE THE TRUTH IS IN CHICAGO, THE FIRST REPORTED DEATH WAS AN FIRST REPORTED DEATH WAS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN WHO THEN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN WHO THEN GAVE IT TO HER SISTER WHO THEN GAVE IT TO HER SISTER WHO THEN ALSO DIED ALSO DIED SO THERE IS — THE NUMBERS SPEAK SO THERE IS — THE NUMBERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES FOR THEMSELVES

THE FACT THAT BLACK PEOPLE ARE THE FACT THAT BLACK PEOPLE ARE DYING AT SEVEN TIMES THE RATE OF DYING AT SEVEN TIMES THE RATE OF ANY OTHER DEMOGRAPHIC IS ANY OTHER DEMOGRAPHIC IS STUNNING STUNNING IT IS A RED ALARM, AN ALERT IT IS A RED ALARM, AN ALERT WE’VE GOT TO RESPOND TO AND WE WE’VE GOT TO RESPOND TO AND WE ARE IN OUR CITY ARE IN OUR CITY >> AND MAYOR, HOW DO YOU RESPOND >> AND MAYOR, HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO IT IN TERMS OF PUBLIC TO IT IN TERMS OF PUBLIC INFORMATION? INFORMATION? IS THE MESSAGE YOU WANT TO GET IS THE MESSAGE YOU WANT TO GET TO AFRICAN AMERICANS AND HOW DO TO AFRICAN AMERICANS AND HOW DO YOU DELIVER THAT MESSAGE BOTH IN YOU DELIVER THAT MESSAGE BOTH IN CHICAGO AND BEYOND CHICAGO? CHICAGO AND BEYOND CHICAGO? >> WELL, WHAT WE’VE DONE IS WE >> WELL, WHAT WE’VE DONE IS WE FORMED A STRIKE FORCE AND IT’S FORMED A STRIKE FORCE AND IT’S GOING TO BE HYPER LOCAL TARGETED GOING TO BE HYPER LOCAL TARGETED OUT REACH TO PEOPLE OF COLOR AND OUT REACH TO PEOPLE OF COLOR AND PARTICULARLY BLACK FOLKS IN PARTICULARLY BLACK FOLKS IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS

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THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS WE’RE GOING TO BE CALLING UPON WE’RE GOING TO BE CALLING UPON THE FAITH COMMUNITY, ELECTED THE FAITH COMMUNITY, ELECTED OFFICIALS OFFICIALS OFFICIALS, PEOPLE IN BLACK CLUBS OFFICIALS, PEOPLE IN BLACK CLUBS TO GET THE WORD OUT AND CONNECT TO GET THE WORD OUT AND CONNECT PEOPLE UP WITH SERVICES PEOPLE UP WITH SERVICES WE’VE BEEN SAYING, YOU KNOW, 60 WE’VE BEEN SAYING, YOU KNOW, 60 OR OVER WE’LL LOWER THAT TO 50 OR OVER WE’LL LOWER THAT TO 50 OR OVER IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY OR OVER IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY AND REALLY FOCUS ON GETTING AND REALLY FOCUS ON GETTING PEOPLE TESTED, GETTING THEM PEOPLE TESTED, GETTING THEM SUPPORTS, TALKING ABOUT WHAT SUPPORTS, TALKING ABOUT WHAT THEY CAN DO TO PROTECT THEY CAN DO TO PROTECT THEMSELVES BUT WE GOT TO REACH THEMSELVES BUT WE GOT TO REACH MORE PEOPLE AND QUICKLY MORE PEOPLE AND QUICKLY

>> MAYOR, HOW IS THE HOSPITAL >> MAYOR, HOW IS THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM IN CHICAGO BEARING THE SYSTEM IN CHICAGO BEARING THE BURDEN SO FAR? BURDEN SO FAR? >> WELL, SO FAR WE’RE OKAY >> WELL, SO FAR WE’RE OKAY WE’VE BEEN TRACKING ICU NUMBERS WE’VE BEEN TRACKING ICU NUMBERS OVERALL, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN OVERALL, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN ICU BEDS THAT ARE TESTING ICU BEDS THAT ARE TESTING POSITIVE, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE POSITIVE, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR CORONAVIRUS THAT ARE IN ICU CORONAVIRUS THAT ARE IN ICU BEDS BEDS WE’VE BEEN HOVERING AROUND 75, WE’VE BEEN HOVERING AROUND 75, 76% OVER THE LAST COUPLE DAYS 76% OVER THE LAST COUPLE DAYS IT’S DIPPED DOWN TO ABOUT 71%

IT’S DIPPED DOWN TO ABOUT 71% BUT WE KNOW THAT WE ARE FAR FROM BUT WE KNOW THAT WE ARE FAR FROM OUT OF THE WOODS OUT OF THE WOODS WE’RE CONCERNED, OF COURSE, LIKE WE’RE CONCERNED, OF COURSE, LIKE EVERYBODY IS ABOUT VENTILATORS, EVERYBODY IS ABOUT VENTILATORS, PPE, AND TESTING PPE, AND TESTING

WE ARE NOT TESTING NEARLY THE WE ARE NOT TESTING NEARLY THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT WE SHOULD NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT WE SHOULD BE AND THIS IS ONE OF THE TOOLS BE AND THIS IS ONE OF THE TOOLS THAT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO THAT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO EMPLOY AND THINK ABOUT HOW WE EMPLOY AND THINK ABOUT HOW WE REACH BLACK PEOPLE REACH BLACK PEOPLE WE’VE GOT TO BRING MORE TESTING WE’VE GOT TO BRING MORE TESTING TO THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS SO WE TO THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS SO WE UNDERSTAND WHAT THE UNDERLYING UNDERSTAND WHAT THE UNDERLYING DATA REALLY IS AND THE LAST DATA REALLY IS AND THE LAST THING I’LL SAY IS WE HAVE TO THING I’LL SAY IS WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE OUR HEALTH CARE MAKE SURE OUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ARE PROVIDING WITH PROVIDERS ARE PROVIDING WITH DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION AS STARK AS THESE NUMBERS ARE, AS STARK AS THESE NUMBERS ARE, WE KNOW WE’RE MISSING 20%, 25% WE KNOW WE’RE MISSING 20%, 25% OF THE DEM GRAT IF I CANJANJUK G OF THE DEM GRAT IF I CANJANJUK G ON TESTING POSITIVE

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