TAMPA — After Tampa City Council’s recent apology for the city’s racist history, Hillsborough County commissioners are poised to consider their own initiative declaring racism a public health crisis.
“Hillsborough County’s collective prosperity depends upon the equitable access to opportunity for every resident regardless of the color of their skin,” the resolution reads.
It includes a 10-item action list ranging from promoting equity through all commission-approved policies to encouraging county vendors, contractors and others to provide racial equity training.
The resolution from Commissioner Pat Kemp is modeled after government action in Dallas County, Texas and similar resolutions in Mecklenberg County, N.C., Montgomery County, Md. and Dekalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties in Georgia.
The idea grew locally from Our Community, Our Voice, a virtual community forum on racism and public health that Bible-Based Fellowship Church in