San Antonio City Council members could vote soon on a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis and calling for racial justice to be a fundamental part of all city policies and programs.
Dozens of U.S. cities and counties, including Austin and Dallas County, have passed nonbinding declarations deeming racism a public health crisis. The trend has been accelerated by protests over the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African American, by a white police officer in Minneapolis in May.
The resolution is one way San Antonio council members and activists are trying to translate momentum from the demonstrations into action — or at least a set of priorities.
“As we strive to speak to the heart of equity and inclusion, taking this crucial step in declaring racism as a public health crisis is of extreme importance,” said District 2 Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan, the council’s only Black member.