Thanks to an important motion by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, on Tuesday LA County formally committed to an anti-racist policy agenda.
It is not enough to be not racist. We have to look at our own County institutions and examine how they have contributed to the persisting inequality and discrimination that have held Black and Brown LA County residents back and contributed to making racism not just a moral crisis but a public health crisis.
I appreciate that this motion is far-reaching. Institutional racism doesn’t start and end in our criminal justice system. It is important that we not only look critically at our court system, Probation Department, and Sheriff’s Department but also at the wide-ranging ways that LA County has impacted our residents’ lives and shaped our society.