Racism is a public health crisis: The transformation starts here. It starts with us.
By King County Executive Dow Constantine and Public Health — Seattle & King County Director Patty Hayes
“There’s nothing new under the sun but there are new suns.” Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Trickster
Today, we declare that racism is a public health crisis. Public Health – Seattle & King County and all of King County government are committed to implementing a racially equitable response to this crisis, centering on community.
King County government and Public Health – Seattle & King County are committed to working in stronger and better resourced partnerships with community organizations and leaders to disrupt and dismantle racism and protect the health and well-being of Black, Indigenous People and People of Color. We recognize that historically and currently King County has been complicit in maintaining and perpetuating structural racism, and that as an institution we must be a vital player in dismantling oppressive systems that are grounded in white supremacy.
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