Tuesday, March 17, 2020
KANSAS CITY URBAN LEAGUE PREZ GWEN GRANT DENOUNCES 'BIGOTED' COMMENT BY DR. REX ARCHER WARNING AGAINST CORONAVIRUS SCHOOL SHUT DOWN VIOLENCE & TEEN PREGNANCY RISKS!!!
A statement from the Kansas City Health Department director has enraged representatives of the local African-American community and earned nearly universal rebuke from civic leaders.
Yesterday Kansas City Health Department Director Rex Archer expressed skepticism at the effectiveness of closing local schools as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here's the offending remark . . .
“There is no evidence that closing a school will slow down this outbreak one bit,” Kansas City Health Director Rex Archer said . . .
Archer told a gathering of city council members and Mayor Quinton Lucas on Monday that closing schools can cause far more problems than it solves.
“We know that if you close schools teenage pregnancy rates go up and the potential of violence increases,” Archer said, without offering any evidence.
Accordingly . . .
THE WORDS OF THE KCMO HEALTH DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR HAVE SPARKED OUTRAGE & CREATED COMMUNITY MISTRUST OF CITY HALL CORONAVIURS PREVENTATIVE MEASURES!!!
In a public post via social media, Urban League of Greater Kansas City President & CEO Gwendolyn Grant challenged the assertion of the high-ranking public health official.
Ms. Grant Wrote: "Rex Archer, executive director of the Kansas City Health Department, commented in a press conference today that closing KC schools would do more harm because it would lead to more violence and pregnancies. That comment was offensive, ignorant, appalling, archaic and bigoted."
Check the comments and readers will find OVERWHELMING CONDEMNATION against the words of Dr. Archer and REBUKE of his statements. The KCMO official has yet to respond to the criticism as community leaders continue their arguments against his leadership during the Kansas City COVID-19 crisis.
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