Like other cities, Austin, TX declares racism a 'public health crisis'
If we took politics out of the mix, it might be clear what is the message of BLM and the protesters.
"On Wednesday, the City Council in Austin, Texas, passed a resolution declaring that racism is a “public health crisis.”
Citing racial disparities in the rates of poverty, unemployment, homeownership and arrest, the Austin measure echoes the language of resolutions passed in other cities around the country. According to tracking by the American Public Health Association (APHA), dozens of cities and counties have made similar declarations over the past two months.
“Racism is literally killing Black and brown people. It’s a public health crisis and it’s beyond time to treat it as such,” Austin Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison said, adding, “The inequities are countless and they aren’t because African-Americans are inherently inferior. They are the fruits of generations’ worth of explicitly discriminatory and racist policies, things like housing policies from the federal level on down to the local level, that kept Black residents from even reaching the ground floor of generational wealth-building.”
The council also passed an act put forth by Harper-Madison, the only Black member of the 11-person body, making June 19 a city holiday in honor of Juneteenth, a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. A separate resolution also passed on Wednesday by the council states that consideration will be given to renaming areas in the capital linked to the Confederacy and white supremacy. All the proposals passed unanimously."
Headlines and Trumpsters like to focus on the negative effects of protests and demonstrations--makes for a better political tool, after all--but this impact on Austin, TX should remind us of the true motivation of the protesters.
Austin got the message.