A bill introduced on Thursday by Democratic lawmakers would classify racism as a nationwide public health crisis - requiring two wings within the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to address it, according to The Hill.
The bill - Anti-Racism in Public Health Act - was crafted by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and House Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). It is co-sponsored by Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Tina Smith (D-MN).
"It is time we start treating structural racism like we would treat any other public health problem or disease: investing in research into its symptoms and causes and finding ways to mitigate its effects," said Warren, who masqueraded as a different race for decades - potentially depriving actual Native Americans positions at liberal institutions.
"My bill with Representatives Lee and Pressley is a first step to create anti-racist federal health policy that studies and addresses disparities in health outcomes at their roots," she added.