MANSFIELD — "When someone comes up with a medication that cures racism, I'll admit it's a health crisis." 

That comment was left on the Richland Source Facebook page, under a report stating Mansfield City Council had just voted 5-4 against declaring racism a public health crisis.

"If you're racist, you don't need a pill."

In some ways, this statement is true. Racism is defined as "a belief that some races are superior to others, used to devise and justify actions that create inequality between racial groups."

Beliefs can't be changed with a pill. 

But according to Richland Public Health, public health has been defined as “the art and science of maintaining, protecting and prolonging the health of the people through organized community effort."

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