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File #: 2019-2214    Version:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed Finally
File created: 10/22/2019 In control: Committee on Finance and Law
On agenda: 10/22/2019 Final action: 12/17/2019
Enactment date: 12/17/2019 Enactment #: 843
Effective date: 12/23/2019    
Title: Resolution Recognizing Racism as a Public Health Crisis. (Post Agenda and Public Hearing held 12/5/19)
Sponsors: Reverend Ricky V. Burgess, R. Daniel Lavelle, Bruce A. Kraus
Attachments: 1. 2019-2214 Greater Than Racism Presentation
Resolution Recognizing Racism as a Public Health Crisis.
(Post Agenda and Public Hearing held 12/5/19)

WHEREAS, race is a social construct with no biological basis socially constructed hierarchical categorization scheme with no biological basis that was created and is maintained to privilege those classified by their heritage, phenotype, linguistic traits, and other social markers as White; and,

WHEREAS, racism is a social system with multiple dimensions: individual racism is internalized or interpersonal; and systemic racism is institutional or structural, and is a system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on the social interpretation of how one looks, which unfairly disadvantages some individuals and communities, while unfairly advantaging other individuals and communities, and saps the strength of the whole society through the waste of human resources , individual, interpersonal, institutional and structural, and is the stratification of resources (including but not limited to public infrastructure, educational opportunities, first responder services, commercial contracts, individual job offers, healthcare, interpersonal social capital) across the hierarchical racial classification scheme such that Whites, as a collective, maintain more material, political and cultural resources than groups classified as people of color, particularly Black and Indigenous populations; and,

WHEREAS, racism manifests in distinct ways across other social classifications (e.g. gender, class, (dis)ability, immigration status) it collectively reinforces the racial hierarchy which weakens the strength of the whole society through unrealized human resources and social strife; and,

WHEREAS, racism causes persistent racial discrimination in housing, education, employment and criminal justice; and an emerging body of research demonstrates that racism is a social determinant of health; and,

WHEREAS, more than 100 studies have linked racism to worse hea...

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