Democratic Senator’s Resolution Declares Racism A Public Health Crisis

A growing number of politicians, particularly on the left, have realized in recent years that they can fast-track action on any number of pet projects simply by declaring a “public health crisis.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, for example, has utilized this strategy in response to gun violence and social media platforms in recent years.

Environmental alarmists have utilized similar language in an effort to pass legislation aimed at addressing the perceived impact of climate change.

Most recently, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) presented a resolution to the chamber that declared “racism a public health crisis” that demands “a nationwide strategy to address health disparities and inequities across all sectors of society.”

Without delving into the specific steps he claims will be necessary to counteract the supposed institutional racism that oppresses an untold number of Americans, Brown went on to insist that “systemic practices and policies that perpetuate racism” must be eradicated.

His resolution broadly urged “governments to engage significant resources to empower the communities that are impacted.”

Of course, this is not the Ohio Democrat’s first effort to advance such a bill. He has done so each year since 2020, with that version of the resolution including Vice President Kamala Harris — then a Democratic senator from California — as a co-sponsor.

Brown’s rhetoric has grown more fanatical over time, however, and the latest version includes the unsupported claim that Black Americans are at an elevated risk of unprovoked race-based violence than other racial groups.

“Black people are confronted and threatened by armed citizens while performing everyday tasks, such as jogging in neighborhoods, driving, or playing in a park,” Sherrod claimed, ignoring instances in which non-Blacks are victimized by violent criminals.

He went on to suggest that minorities are physically harmed by the “myth of meritocracy” even as Whites are reportedly being specifically passed up for jobs due entirely to their racial identity.

The senator concluded that anyone who attempts to leave race out of their decision-making process is guilty of a “microaggression” that can “over time have a negative impact” on the physical and mental health of minorities.