Milwaukee County Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis

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A Milwaukee County executive signed a resolution on May 20 declaring racism to be a public health crisis.

Executive Chris Abele said the resolution represents a public commitment to take action in racial disparities. During the resolution signing, Abele said the county leads “in an unfortunate way the racial disparities in employment, in education, incarceration, income and even things like… access to capital,” according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“It is Milwaukee County’s responsibility to address racism, including seeking solutions to reshape the discourse, actively engaging all citizens in racial justice work,” Abele said in a statement. “Local government needs to take a leadership role and we intend to do so.”

In 2016, Abele and the County Board created the Office on African American Affairs to help address the county’s racial inequities. Since its creation, the office has trained all county leaders on racial equity and…

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  • whoschu

    It’s a symbolic important step. Let’s see if any money backs it up. More importantly, will it inspire national or at least states to follow suit (with dollars)?

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