Tuesday, August 27, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE MUST SEE!!! UPCOMING RESOLUTION CONFRONTS RACISM AS KANSAS CITY PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS!!!
Buried deep withing the reams of information spewed daily from City Hall, our blog community has discovered a titillating new document which claims that racism is killing Kansas City.
In addition to a great deal of rampant gunfire, of course.
To wit . . .
A NEW RESOLUTION FROM THE 3RD DISTRICT COUNCIL LADY CONTENDS THAT RACISM IMPACTS PUBLIC HEALTH!!! THAT'S A BOLD STATEMENT GIVEN THE RECENT SPATE OF GUNFIRE THAT SEEMS FAR MORE DEADLY THAN SUSPECTED BIAS!!!
Take a look at the text and then realize THIS is what City Hall is working on instead of putting more cops on the street . . .
Resolution #190679: Expressing the Council’s commitment and support for Kansas City to achieve racial equity and transform systems and institutions impacting the health of our community.
Here's the legislation:
Expressing the Council’s commitment and support for Kansas City to achieve racial equity and transform systems and institutions impacting the health of our community.
WHEREAS, the City of Kansas City aims to contribute to an equitable city and region, where all residents regardless of their race/ethnicity/nativity, neighborhood residence, zip code, or other characteristics are fully able to participate in Kansas City’s economic vitality, contribute to the City’s readiness for the future, and connect to the City’s assets and resources; and
WHEREAS, there are significant disparities within communities of color pertaining to economic growth, preparedness for the 21st Century economy and connectedness to the City’s assets and opportunities . . .
WHEREAS, communities of color are more likely to be jobless, have higher rates of poverty and racial gaps continue to persist in the labor market, at nearly every level of education attainment, people of color have worse outcomes than whites; and
WHEREAS, there is a looming skills and education gap for the region and City’s African American and Latino populations; and
WHEREAS, African Americans and Latinos who have attained at least an associate’s degree is lower than the share of the future jobs that will require that level of education; and
WHEREAS, the number of disconnected youth that are not working or in school is on the rise, and rates are highest among African American and Latino youth; and
WHEREAS, communities of color are facing significant health challenges including lower life expectancy rates, higher rates of overweight/obesity and diabetes for African Americans; and
WHEREAS, communities of color are more likely to live in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, have higher housing burdens, especially for those who are renters; and
WHEREAS, food deserts are located in predominately communities of color; and
WHEREAS, communities of color are disproportionally impacted by social determinates of health including transportation, poor air quality, increased exposure to lead, lack of safe places to walk, bike or run and inadequate health education; and
WHEREAS, race is social construction with no biologic basis; and
WHEREAS, racism is a social system with multiple dimensions, including individual racism which is internalized or interpersonal and systemic racism, which is institutional or structural and is a system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on the social interpretation of how one looks; and
WHEREAS, systemic racism unfairly disadvantages some individuals and communities, unfairly advantages other individuals and communities, and depletes the strength of the whole society through the waste of human resources; and
WHEREAS, racism causes persistent racial discrimination in housing, education, employment, transportation, and criminal justice and an emerging body of research demonstrates that racism is a social determinate of health; and
WHEREAS, more than 100 studies have linked racism to negative health outcomes; and
WHEREAS, the City of Kansas City’s Community Health Improvement Plan Dashboard has outlined that in Kansas City skin color and zip code matter; and
WHEREAS, the life expectancy for a black male living in the 64128 zip code is 68, while a white female living near the Plaza can expect to live to be 85 years old, a nearly 20-year difference between people who live just 10 minutes apart; and
WHEREAS, the Kansas City Health Department, as outlined in the Community Health Improvement Plan, is committed to achieving health equity and addressing social determinates of health; and
WHEREAS, while there is no epidemiologic definition of “crisis”, the health impact of racism clearly rises to the definition proposed by researcher, Sandro Galea: “The problem must affect large numbers of people, it must threaten health over the long-term, and it must require the adoption of large-scale solutions”; and
WHEREAS, with the support from community partners and the Kansas City Health Department, it is the City of Kansas City’s responsibility to address racism, including seeking solutions to reshape the discourse and actively engage all citizens in racial justice work; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:
Section 1. That the City Council expresses its commitment and support for a comprehensive assessment of the City’s interracial policies and procedures to address public health disparities due to racial inequities throughout the region and the City of Kansas City.
Section 2. That the City Manager or his designee is hereby directed to develop and present to the Council a comprehensive plan that incorporates the following policies, procedures and priorities:
a. Assert that racism is a public health crisis affecting out entire society;
b. Assess internal policy and procedures that ensure racial equity is a core element of Kansas City, led by the City Manager, Mayor and Council, in collaboration with the Kansas City Health Department and other relevant parties;
c. Continue to create an inclusive organization identifying specific activities to increase diversity across its workforce and in leadership positions;
d. Incorporate inclusion and equity into organizational practice, offer educational trainings/activities to expand employees’ understanding of how racism affects individuals, the health of marginalized populations, and provide tools to assist members to engage actively and authentically with communities of color;
e. Advocate for relevant policies that improve health in communities of color, and support local, state and federal initiatives that advance social justice, while also encouraging individual employee advocacy; and
f. Encourage other local, state, and national entities to recognize racism as a public health crisis.
You decide . . .