Click CINCINNATI – Institutional Racism has been deeply rooted in the fabric of this Country for decades. Unfortunately, Cincinnati is experiencing it at an all-time high and it needs to stop. Cincinnati has always held superficial discussions regarding the symptoms of racism, issued reports like All in Cincinnati or State of Black of Cincinnati, but never want to discuss the root causes of racism. Today, Black leaders put out a call to rally the community to address this issue of racism head on in the city of Cincinnati.
Institutional Racism has caused the City of Cincinnati led by Mayor John Cranley to direct our tax dollars to the White community leaving the other half of the city at the bottom of everything. The Mayor and City Council have known this for decades and have done little or nothing about it. According to the City Charter, the Mayor is the recognized official head and representative of the City of Cincinnati. Mayor John Cranley talks about improving race relations, but his actions shows he ignores it. City Council voted to fund a study of institutional racism and the Mayor in his last budget chose not to fund it.
Cranley’s attack on our Black leaders and organizations is not acceptable to the Black Community, and his behavior is similar to President Donald Trump. Cranley’s behavior has amplified the city’s institutional racism with the departure of United Way’s former CEO, Michael Johnson three months after his arrival.
Black Agenda gathered hundreds of citizens and put forth some actionable items for the community to move on that will begin to erase Institutional Racism now. The demands put forth were:
The Black agenda cincinnati
The Black Agenda is a Movement of individuals and organizations working cooperatively to improve the lives of Black Cincinnatians. The purpose is to bring the Black Community of Cincinnati together to prioritize our challenges as a race.