In many ways, tackling racial inequities starts at home with the basic human needs of housing and health. Affordable housing is a priority, including the impact of housing segregation and discrimination, and equal protection and enforcement of fair housing under the law. NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson put it simply, “One’s Zipcode should not determine their life’s future.”
Similarly, good health and well-being are basic human rights we must fight to attain and protect. For people of color, race, income, and geography are longstanding predictors of health outcomes. Historic inequities persist in public and private health systems. We’ve seen a collective unwillingness to ensure accessible, affordable, timely, and quality healthcare for all across the U.S., and here in Cincinnati. This has cost too many Black lives and unnecessarily compromised our health and economic security.