San Bernardino Declares Racism a ‘Public Health Crisis’

Amid a series of high-profile police killings of Black people around the nation, one California county is officially declaring systemic racism a “public health crisis.”

San Bernardino County supervisors unanimously approved a resolution last week that declares “racism [is] a public health crisis that results in disparities in family stability, health and mental wellness, education, employment, economic development, public safety, criminal justice and and housing.”

The resolution points to a high Black infant mortality rate, disproportionate incarceration numbers, and a high rate of homelessness among African Americans.

San Bernardino is the first California county to make such a declaration. It won’t be the last.