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Talking about Race, Ethnicity, and Racism

Racism is a Public Health Crisis

The Whatcom County Council, acting as the Health Board, passed a resolution affirming that racism is a public health crisis in Whatcom County, joining other cities and counties across the state and the nation with this resolution and committing to take steps toward racial equity.

As announced in a news release, Whatcom County Executive Satpal Sidhu supported and welcomed the adoption of the resolution. “I appreciate the Public Health Advisory Board’s strong advocacy for this resolution, and I was pleased to see it adopted by County Council after extensive discussions,” Executive Sidhu said. “On the same day the Council also approved the biennium budget, which includes funding for my proposal to create a countywide Racial Equity Commission. I am very hopeful that this commission will take the next steps, going beyond declarations and identifying specific actions to address systemic racism.”

Data on racial disparities in Whatcom County is available at this pdf link.

The Unrooted Experience

To encourage racial equity and understanding, Bellingham Public Library supported creation of The Unrooted Experience, a series of storytelling videos by local community members.

Race and Social Equity

Bellingham Public Library stands with the Urban Libraries Council Statement on Race and Social Equity.

Library staff curated the following list of resources for education and discussion.

Talking with Kids about Race

Race and Anti-Racism Resources for Adults

  • Business Insider: 26 Simple Charts to Show Friends and Family Who Aren’t Convinced Racism is Still a Problem in America
  • Medium: 103 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
  • Scientific American: Special Report: The Black Lives Matter Movement
  • Medium: This “Equity” picture is actually White Supremacy at Work
  • Harvard Business Review: When and How to Respond to Microaggressions