The Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously approved (9-0) a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis throughout Hudson County on Thursday as rallies for George Floyd continue throughout the country.
” … The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders acknowledges that communities of color have borne the burdens of inequitable social, environmental, economic, and criminal justice policies practices and investments,” the resolution says.
“To understand that the legacy of these inequitable policies has caused deep disparities, harm, and mistrust, and to recognize that racial equality is realized when, and only when, race can no longer be used to predict life outcomes.”
The vote came in the midst of the county sheriff and prosecutor coming under fire for asking for equipment to help deal with unruly crowds, though the first item (HCSO) was pulled and the second one (HCPO) was tabled.
Freeholder Joel Torres (D-4) sponsored the resolution and posted a lengthy statement on social media after the measure was voted on.
“It’s important for our communities to come together and actively do anything within our power to root out racism, inequities, and injustice that have impacted people of color for centuries,” he wrote.
Torres also noted that members of the public recommended the county utilize The Credible Messenger Justice Center, a group that matches at-risk youth with adults with relevant life experiences – something he supports funding in Hudson County.
At the same meeting, the governing body approved a measure declaring May 25th, the day George Floyd was murdered by then-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, as “Black Lives Matter Day” – which the Jersey City Council did the day prior.