UPDATE below: As Sacramento County was moved back into the most restrictive COVID lockdown tier Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, rather than fight for their constituents, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday a resolution “declaring racism as a public health crisis in Sacramento County.”
“The resolution, brought forth by District 1 Supervisor and Board Chair Phil Serna, pledges to promote racial equity while shaping policies, appropriating resources, implementing programs, and issuing directives, among other actions.”
Phil Serna is also a member of the California Air Resources Board.
The Board in its official Resolution, names “one such deliberative initiative to address racial health inequities and disparities that Sacramento County is proud to have initiated and continues to support: the ‘Black Child Legacy Campaign,’ (BCLC) originally conceived as the ‘RAACD’ effort – ‘Reducing African American Child Deaths.”
The Black Child Legacy Campaign says it “is the community-driven movement established by the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths, which is working to reduce deaths of African American children by 10% to 20% by 2020 in Sacramento County.”
They note on their website “In 2018 and 2019, we had ZERO youth killed by gun violence in the city of Sacramento, but then COVID-19 hit us with new trauma, isolation and uncertainty.”
COVID didn’t “hit us with new trauma;” Politicians who ordered lockdowns did. And COVID does not go after and harm children, nor are they “spreaders.” The vast majority of COVID deaths in the state are people 75 years and older.
The Resolution says: “the BCLC/RAACD’s purpose is to address decades of health and social disparities in Sacramento County’s African American childhood population that have contributed to disproportionate death rates.”
So what is this new racial declaration and resolution about?
I found it:
The Resolution says “Sacramento County Public Health commenced an initiative to further advance health equity by focusing on racial equity and confronting racism as a public health crisis from within and across its operations, programs and policies.”
Did the Sacramento County Public Health Agency go in search of a problem to “make work” and justify agreeing to move Sacramento County into a deeper, more restrictive lockdown? If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
The Resolution states Sacramento County will “Encourage and build upon Sacramento County Public Health’s strategic work to address racial equity and institutional racism.”
The County will “Design, develop, enhance and deploy public education and messaging efforts to increase understanding and awareness around systemic racial inequity from a public health perspective, with special attention given to the experiences of communities of color;” and “Design, develop, enhance and deploy community-based alternatives to prevent trauma and eliminate harm associated with racial inequity.”
But I thought “in 2018 and 2019, we had ZERO youth killed by gun violence in the city of Sacramento.”
It sure sounds to me like Sacramento County is seeking to recruit more “communities of color” for dependency on government programs. Otherwise, this is just bureaucratic pablum.
While state and county politicians and bureaucrats haven’t missed a paycheck since the lockdown was first initiated in March, COVID-related lockdowns have put millions of Californians out of work, killed their businesses, and then failed to even provide timely unemployment checks, if received at all. Their children are stuck at home supposedly “distance learning from the dining room table.” And schools report there have never been so many “F” grades issued to students because the distance learning is an epic failure in most cases.
Here is the rest of the press release about the Resolution:
“Sacramento County is one of the nation’s most diverse communities, and as such, all its citizens should have the opportunity to live their lives free from systemic racism,” said Serna. “Research has demonstrated that racism adversely impacts the physical and mental health of people of color. The resolution we passed today acknowledges Sacramento County’s commitment to face this crisis head-on through fair and just governance and service delivery.”
The resolution committed to ensure the consistent collection, analysis and reporting of demographic, socioeconomic and public health data to measure progress toward eliminating racial inequities; to design, develop and deploy community-based alternatives to prevent trauma and eliminate harm associated with racial inequity; and advocate for local, state and federal policies that improve health and wellness in communities of color and support legislation that advances racial equity.
Additionally, the resolution established the intent of the Board to create, by a separate resolution, a “Sacramento County Racial Equity Policy Cabinet,” that would issue reports to the Board and be responsible for promoting coordination, cooperation and collaboration across County departments and the community to promote racial equity.
Black Child Legacy Campaign’s Healing the Hood sounds as if it has been effective in Sacramento County if as they report, “ZERO youth killed by gun violence in the city of Sacramento” in 2018 and 2019. It also sounds as if Supervisor Phil Serna is attempting to make it appear he is doing something, when in reality, this hollow resolution is just more race baiting and divisiveness.
Perhaps a more effective message for the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors is: Start honestly reporting the dropping COVID deaths. Unlock the county. Open businesses, bars, restaurants, gyms, salons, shops, and boutiques back up. Order teachers back to the classroom or find the spine to terminate them. Send the children back to school. Get out of the way or prepare for a massive recall election.
And we are celebrating Thanksgiving next week, and Christmas next month with all of our relatives and friends.
UPDATE: Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost issued a statement Thursday in response to a hit piece by the Sacramento Bee:
“To me, the resolution was a thinly veiled attempt to yet again reduce funding to law enforcement,” Frost said. “As many people are aware, reducing funding to law enforcement is not something I and most of my constituents support.”
“I do not deny that our country has a troubled past in which discrimination based on a person’s skin color was not only the norm but the law. However, I also acknowledge that we have grown past such flagrant discrimination as a society and a country, and we have advanced to a much better place.”