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Santa Clara County Declares Racism A Public Health Crisis

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San Jose City Hall

The recent protests against the killing of Black people by police have put racial inequity at the forefront of our national conversation. Santa Clara County witnessed some of the first and largest protests in the Bay Area last month, in San Jose. And the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has promised to address inequity in their county.

On June 23 the supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. So, what does that exactly mean in terms of policy, and how do statements of support like that translate to actual change on the ground?

In this interview, the author of that resolution, supervisor Dave Cortese, addresses those questions.

Click the play button above to listen.

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.