Contra Costa County is taking new steps to fight systemic racism.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday declared racism as a public well being emergency within the county and fashioned a brand new workplace of racial fairness.
“As a Black lady it’s time for us to begin making it clear the place we stand,” stated Nakenya Allen, a mom in Martinez. “All of us contribute to America.”
Allen stated she has had her share of troubles and frustrations as mom of colour in Contra Costa County. She has needed to battle tooth and nail to get the providers she wants for her 3-year-old son, Landon, who has persistent well being points.
“In the event that they’re white and taking a look at one other white guardian in want, they’re extra apt to offer them extra as a result of it is a reflection of themselves,” Allen stated. “And I really feel when they’re taking a look at ladies of colour, they do not see a mirrored image of themselves.”
With latest incidents of hate happening all through the county and communities of colour being impacted the toughest by the coronavirus pandemic, supervisors took daring new steps on Tuesday to declare racism as a public well being disaster.
Supervisors stated it’s clear one thing extra should be finished.
“We all know all communities have inherent racism. Some uncovered, some behind the scenes,” Supervisor John Gioia stated. “We wish to make Contra Costa a extra equittable place the place we do our half to take away racism that exists in our neighborhood.
County supervisors additionally voted to from an workplace of racial fairness and social justice to formulate a plan for change.
“I feel it is about time,” Allen stated. “That decision they handed makes me pleased.
Allen stated she has new hope for the county’s communities of colour and for her son.
“My hope for Landon is he can reside proudly, stroll along with his head held excessive,” she stated.