A Frederick alderman wants to declare racism to be a public health crisis in the city.

A resolution proposed Wednesday by Alderman Derek Shackelford would commit the city to “honestly and directly addressing minority health inequities, education, employment practices, economic mobility, and other factors that impact the social determinants of health,” according to a summary of the resolution.

The proposal would commit the city to setting up a comprehensive plan to include racial equity and social justice principles and strategies in its operations, programs and community engagement; encourage the mayor to include plans for racial equity and social justice in the city's strategic planning and budgeting processes; and have city departments collect data by race in department staffing, procurement, contracting, and other areas, among other provisions.

“I know there are some people in our community who say, why are we doing this? And I say, why not do this,” Shackelford said at a workshop with the mayor and aldermen.

There have been 24 municipalities around the country that have passed similar resolutions, along with Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties in Maryland, as well as in the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, Shackelford said.

His presentation on the proposed resolution included information from a 2018 survey of Frederick County high school students that showed that Black students are least likely to get preventive health care, and students of color were the least likely to eat breakfast once over a period of seven days or to eat breakfast seven days in a row.

Data shows that census tracts with the highest rates of unemployment match the tracts with the highest Black populations, and that three of the four city census tracts with the highest median household income have no Black residents, according to the presentation.

The city needs to look at the issues of gentrification and how it is both knowingly and unknowingly influenced by racism, Shackelford said.

“This is an issue that's not going away any time soon,” he said.

The other aldermen signaled their support for the proposal.

“I think that this is the perfect time to be discussing all of this,” said Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak.

After spending several hours at last week's workshop examining the Frederick Police Department's policies on the use of force and other issues, the city needs to follow up with reviews of other areas, said Alderman Ben MacShane.

“We need to be looking up and down. And this is getting to a few of those examples,” he said.

After some revisions suggested at the workshop are made, the resolution is expected to come up for a vote at the mayor and aldermen's July 16 meeting.

Rent rules during the pandemic

The mayor and aldermen also discussed a proposed ordinance by MacShane on Wednesday, which would prohibit landlords from increasing rent or charging various types of late fees during the state of emergency of the current COVID-19 pandemic and for six months after it ends.

Nearly half of the city's residents are renters, and many are facing severe economic stress during the pandemic, MacShane said.

“We are facing a dire situation for many of our residents,” he said.

The law would only apply to existing leases, and not to new ones.

Alderman Roger Wilson asked how the law would be enforced.

For now, it would come down to tenants contacting the city's code enforcement staff, MacShane said. Ultimately, it would be enforced by the department of Housing and Human Services that the city is developing.

Landlords would likely be notified about the details of the ordinance before the city begins issuing fines, Mayor Michael O'Connor said.

The proposed ordinance calls for a fine of $1,000 a day that a violation continues.

O'Connor noted that the city had received a letter from the Frederick County Association of Realtors arguing that the ban should last 90 days rather than 180, and asking whether the law would apply to states of emergency declared for blizzards or other types of events.

Those are included in a different section of the Maryland code than the current state of emergency, MacShane said, and wouldn't apply.

“This isn't the same as, say, a hurricane state of emergency,” he said.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

(67) comments

Berryman

ok, I can go along with this rationale......as long as we can designate rioting and grave desecration as "TERRORISM." OK?

MRS M

Sadly, racism, similar to the true love of the Lord, a fine work ethic, or the yearning for an education, is taught from the cradle, right there at granddaddy's or mama's knee. You'd think they might be mutually exclusive, but sadly, they ain't, are they? Gotta get'em while they're young........to turn that interminable tide of hatred and disrespect, handed down so rightously from one generation to the next.

bosco

Exactly, Mrs M, and that last statement applies to all races:. "Gotta get'em while they're young....to turn that interminable tide of hatred and disrespect, handed down so righteously from one generation to the next". Don't think so? Try volunteering in an inner city school and witness some of the behaviors and attitudes exhibited by first graders. The apple don't fall too far from the tree either.

And yet, we expect the schools to fix everything.

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MRS M

Nice try, bosco. Sorry to have touched a nerve, tho' not surprising.

bosco

That's OK MRSM. It's tough being a conservative libertarian in a polarized climate. I call them as I see them from my personal experience. I still believe in MLK's dream, but the left keeps focusing on the color of my skin and not the content of my character.

What have you done to make the world a better place today?

[ninja]

phydeaux994

People don’t want protests that tear down monuments and statues but they don’t want to institute programs that will actually address the problems created by 400 years of systemic Racism and oppression of Black people in America. MD, all the children of slaves were born out of wedlock. Families didn’t exist. Slaves were breeding stock to create more slaves to work or sell for their owners benefit, many of whom were the children of White men. It was illegal to educate slaves, it wasn’t until 1954 that Blacks were allowed to be educated in the same schools as Whites, which really hasn’t turned out to allow Black kids the opportunity to catch up. And then Black people were held back by Jim Crowe Laws and funneled into ghettos in the Cities with lousy education and lousy job opportunities and substandard housing and no hope. These things have all contributed to the Black Condition that exists as we stand here today. Black people can’t change this by themselves, they need help from the people that created the Black Condition and that must start with the oppressors acknowledging that they must bear the responsibility for creating the problem. And as we can see, that means changing the White Condition which is a problem in itself.

C.D.Reid

[yawn] Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz………….

bosco

I'm waitin' on my reparations check from Fido. [ninja]

DickD

You have to share it with me, Bosco. My ancestors fought to free slaves. Two Great Grandfathers and a great Uncle, buried in Andersonville, Ga. Because that was three, I get there of your shares

Lol

phydeaux994

bosco, have you had your DNA tested?? There could be some surprises there. BTW bosco, the check’s in the mail. I didn’t know your address so I just sent it to bosco C/O Thurmont MD. You should be getting it soon.

bosco

DickD, I had occasion to ride through the south several years ago and stopped at Andersonville. Very peaceful there now and hard to imagine the horrors that went on there. I walked row after row of graves in the adjacent cemetery. Makes one thankful for what we have today.

If you haven't been there, you should try to make it.

[ninja]

C.D.Reid

I've been to Andersonville, along with Camp Sumter, a couple of times. It sure is a rural part of the state. In the village is a memorial to Wirz, the only American to be convicted of war crimes after the War. I've been wondering when the extremists are going to start defacing it and demanding its removal?

DickD

I have been to Andersonville and Sumter. About three times to Sumter.

phydeaux994

I love it when I get the yawn, especially with a lot of z’s. I know I’ve made a comment you can’t deal with. I’ve gotten a lot of yawns lately CD. 😷

buckster

Yawn...........

Nicki

CD and friends are the real yawns. You can always count on their witless retorts.

bosco

I'll be looking for that check the next time I get to town, Fido. Thanks. I'll put it in with my Covid-19 stimulus check and it will help finance our Fourth Of July Corona Party and Regatta on the Pond.

Seriously through, enjoy the Fourth and remember to celebrate the freedoms that we enjoy. The citizens in Hong Kong cannot even wave a flag there with the new rounds of crackdowns.

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C.D.Reid

What do you know about anyone having wit, Nicki? Your lack of it is illustrated in all comments you post.

DickD

At least Buckster is funny.

DickD

I agree with one exception. It was not illegal in New York State for Black people to attend the same schools as Whites. .We wrestled them. Nyack high school had Blacks on their wrestling teams before 1954. I know, I saw them. And that was true for colleges too.

buckster

Here's my "White Condition"; Born Naked, Hungry and Crying, just like every other human. Racism is not a "Public Health Crisis" in Frederick, Md. Absolutely ridiculous. It is a Public Health Crisis in Chicago. Why don't you focus your attention where it's needed. Blacks killed by cops is statistically insignificant when compared to overall Black Youths killed in inner cities. Something like 90 in Chicago in the last month. Those Black Lives (apparently don't) Matter.

phydeaux994

🥱

Nicki

[thumbup]. Phy!

MD1756

Why do you give a thumbs up to misinformation?

MD1756

Another bit of phydeaux misinformation. From: https://www.mountvernon.org/library/digitalhistory/digital-encyclopedia/article/slavery-and-marriage/

"At Mount Vernon the numbers of males and females in the slave population were fairly equal. A series of lists made by George Washington in the summer before his death, indicates that roughly two-thirds of the plantation's adult slaves were married.1" ..."1. For the slaves at Mount Vernon in 1799, see "Negroes Belonging to George Washington in his own right and by Marriage," [June 1799] and "A List of Negroes Hired From Mrs. French, 15 July 1799" (hereafter referred to as the 1799 Slave List), in George Washington, The Writings of George Washington, Vol. 37, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick (Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1944), 256-268, 308-9."



Phydeaux, you are consistently failing the fact check.

C.D.Reid

Fido doesn't give a hoot about facts, only with posting the same old, redundant yadda, yadda, yadda. That's why I reply to him with [yawn] zzzzzzzzz……….

bosco

[lol][lol][lol][lol]KR999. [thumbup]

gary4books

This mater will never be fixed without the attention of the majority getting involved. And this is a way to bring it to public attention in a manner where we can discuss problems and solutions and even let others know what works.

mgoose806

The Frederick Board of Alderman bill themselves as the Social, Moral, Health, and Cultural Compass of Frederick City Residents. None of them can articulate a complete sentence without interjecting their political agenda. Let's figure out how to raise taxes via race relations. We can call it "Race Alderman Tax" or RAT for short.

gary4books

"Political agenda?" I see no reason why racism should be political. And it should be open for discussion in a nonpolitical way.

DickD

You are not being helpful.

MD1756

Are politicians willing to put in the time to study all of the reasons for the "inequities?" For example, one cannot expect illegal immigrants who are not allowed to legally work here to be able to afford good health care. You need to know how much just that one issue impacts the inequities. Another example is propensity for making poor choices. If someone cannot afford healthcare for themselves (and spouse if married), what would drive them to having children they know they can't afford and should know that by having children (in addition to adding to the world's 7.8+ billion people causing climate change) they are automatically placing their children at a disadvantage? How does racism force people to have children they can't feed? How does racism lead to people having children out of wedlock (including children with multiple people)? All factors need to be look at and then acted upon appropriately. Personally, I don't get why people are racists (that's not to say that all people don't have varying degrees of preferences) and racism needs to be addressed but lets not declare an issue to be caused by racism and expect it can be solved without dealing with all of the real issues. I for one would like to see some regulation on the number of children people can have because of the adverse consequences 7.8+ billion people (and growing) are having on this planet and on other species also living on the planet.

gary4books

Wikipedia writes about depopulation: "Long-term future trends

Main article: Projections of population growth

A long-term population decline is typically caused by sub-replacement fertility, coupled with a net immigration rate that fails to compensate the excess of deaths over births.[96] A long-term decline is accompanied by population aging and creates an increase in the ratio of retirees to workers and children.[96] When a sub-replacement fertility rate remains constant, population decline accelerates over the long term.[96]

Because of the global decline in the fertility rate, projections of future global population show a marked slowing of population growth and the possibility of long-term decline.[13]

The table below summarizes the United Nations' predictions of future population growth. The UN divides the world into six regions. Their forecast shows that during the period 2045-2050 Europe's population will be in decline and all other regions will experience significant reductions in growth. Furthermore, the UN predicts that by the end of the 21st century (the period 2095-2100) three of these regions will be showing population decline and global population growth will be zero.

Annual Percent Change of Population for Three Periods in the Future[13]

Region 2020-25 2045-50 2095-2100

Africa 2.37 1.74 0.61

Asia 0.77 0.14 -0.39

Europe -0.05 -0.26 -0.14

Latin America & the Caribbean 0.84 0.21 -0.46

Northern America 0.59 0.38 0.25

Oceania 1.21 0.80 0.37

The World 0.98 0.53 0.04

MD1756

We are far from a population decline but that would be good for the planet if it were true, and the sooner the better.

DickD

Maybe you need to think about why teenagers have children, even though they are not working. You need to be realistic about what causes people to have children.

gabrielshorn2013

Agreed Dick, but if we are not realistic about population growth and continue to reproduce however we want, there are dire consequences for us as a species. This is more than a lifestyle choice. In the long term it is an existential issue. The literature show, as MD1756 will concur, that we in the US have exceeded the carrying capacity of the environment by a twofold factor.

gary4books

Not in the USA and perhaps not even in Europe. Technology does allow more population when properly applied.

MD1756

Gary, I think you are thinking too narrowly. SO far technology has not allowed our population to growth except at the expense of the environment and other species on this planet. Just look at how many species have gone extinct because of we humans. Worse yet, look at how many are threatened with extinction unless we act now. For example, see: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/5/140529-conservation-science-animals-species-endangered-extinction/ or https://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-1-million-animals-plant-species-face-extinction-due-climate-change-human-activity-population/ . It's time to stop wishful thinking (similar to the virus supposedly going away when it got warmer and yet the southern states are seeing the greatest rise in cases) and actually take positive steps to help the environment and other species.

MD1756

I'm an engineer. My important and/or potentially long term impacting actions are almost entirely ruled by logic rather than emotion. I don't do something if I'm not willing to deal with the long term consequences of a worst case scenario. I also don't think most of the problem is teenagers having children (see for example: https://www.teenhelp.com/teen-pregnancy/teen-pregnancy-statistics/ ). If you look at those statistics is it racism that causes: 1) the United States to have the highest teen pregnancy rate of the Western industrialized world; 2) Most of the teen pregnancies occurring before 1980 were to married women; now most of today’s teen mothers are unwed; 3) 41.7 per 1,000 Hispanic girls reported a teen pregnancy in 2013 versus 39.0 per 1,000 for Black girls and 18.6 per 1,000 for White girls (those rates have declined significantly lower for each group since 2000); 4) Only 50% of teen mothers age 15-19 earn a high school diploma, Only 38% of teen mothers age 15-17 earn a high school diploma; 5) By age 30, only 1.5 percent of women who had pregnancies as a teenager have a college degree; 6) 80 percent of unmarried teen mothers end up on welfare; 7) The daughters of teen mothers are 22% more likely than their peers to become teen mothers and the sons of teenage mothers have a 13% greater chance of ending up in prison as compared to their peers?

I believe the answer is no, racism is not the main cause of those issues.

Address the root cause of the problems not some politically convenient description of the problem. Before acting, experts who do a proper analysis considering all the data should be completed.

phydeaux994

As an Engineer you can understand the mathematics of the rule of 70, which I understand is used to calculate the time it takes to double the population. As long as there is a positive rate of population growth, sooner or later we will outgrow the Planet Earth. Right now the rate of growth is a little over 1%, which means the population will double roughly every 75 years. So yes, we are at the point of outgrowing the Earth in a few hundred years unless you can suggest a way to throw the rate of population growth into the minus column. Some Scientists theorize that Mother Nature will intervene somehow when overpopulation reaches critical mass and prevent wiping out the entire population. Maybe that is happening as we speak??

bosco

MD1756, have you read Freakonomics?[ninja][ninja]

MD1756

Bosco, no I haven't. I've never heard of it until now. I have read "The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters" by Tom Nichols. I left it for some of my managers to read when I retired. Some of the managers became more interested in diversity and use of big data by those who knew nothing about what was behind the data for problem solving rather than listen to their experts because their performance was being reviewed more on their political correctness than results. I, however, was more motivated by what was best for the public who paid my salary and would remind them of that when they acted irrationally.

bosco

MD1756, try to find a copy of Freakonomics. I guarantee you will like it. It addresses issues from a logical cause-effect approach. [ninja]

DickD

We are not commenting about environment

I agree on the environment issue.

gabrielshorn2013

I tend to agree MD1756. If we step back, the human population has a lot of similarities to a bacterial colony growing on agar in a petri dish. Bacteria will continue to multiply exponentially, expanding outward until the agar no longer promote growth through a buildup of waste products, which first cause the center of the colony to enter stationary then death phase. This happens until the entire colony of bacteria either die out, or enter into a stationary resting phase (such as sporulation). Eventually, and inevitably, the colony dies out because all of the resources are used up, and there is nowhere to move to. As we all know, there is no planet B. Humans will multiply and poison themselves out of existence.

DickD

OMG! ..In the next 75 years! I will tell my wife now, we can't have more children.

gabrielshorn2013

Still "active" at your age Dick? Bravo! Well done neighbor!

DickD

Well, we could always adopt, Gabe.

Business Owner

Drunk drivers are a serious health risk. In the United States an average of 30 people die every day in drunk-driving automobile accidents.

DickD

Derek, I agree with you. How would you change for the better? In my opinion we need to focus on education to ensure everyone gets a excellent education. Of course, we need to make sure that children are not hungry, so that they are focusing on the education, not hunger.

We need a jobs training program that starts in high school so everyone is ready to be employed after graduation. We need better wages - that needs to be done at the state level. We need better policing so people of all colors do not see police as the enemy. We need better relationships, at all ages, for ALL races.

bosco

Well said, DickD, and we need parents able to impress upon their kids the importance of an education. Unfortunately, too many times the apple don't fall too far from the tree and we have systemic ignorance on the road to failure. Take a look at the duo arrested for the murder if that young woman recently. [ninja]

DickD

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gabrielshorn2013

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] bosco! Additionally, we need to teach kids to believe in themselves, and they are not what others may define them as. They are what they define themselves as. As soon as you fall into the trap of believing that you have no future, you won't. Believe that you can do it, and make it happen, even if you stumble and fall, and even if others don't believe you can, or throw roadblocks in your way. As I have said here many times, there is no better effew to your detractors than success. You can then pass that ethic on to your kids, and they hopefully will build on your success. That is how families pull themselves out of poverty.

OICLife

Can we put an end to this slow creep guilt fest and move onto what "matters" - 14 trillion dollars is the opening bid for, we all have been told, "this all goes away". So - Why not instead of virtue signalling to your party, move Frederick City and County into the realm of actually paying those reparations? Defund the police, and reduce the school budget [keep enough to implement distance learning]. With these funds - Frederick City and Frederick County can lead the nation in actually paying for the reparations, and the removal of all sculpture works throughout the entire county. Erase history, and pay for it so our nation can get on with, oh, I don't know - the rampant child abuse and exploitation in this country. Read the the FBI reports. Then of course there is the environment. Of course there remains - plague is it? Or just a virus? Either way - let's move this - conversation - onto some actual healing. PS: I love that I am blonde/blue eyes - but - my blood tells a whole other story. Tell me - would my 10% qualify for me for reparations? What else can be removed from the budget? Prosecuting marijuana offences perhaps? Racism a health crisis. It bravado without remedy. Yet, the remedy has been presented - repeatedly. Stop talking. ACT! Pay the up so our nation can get on with its character healing.

bosco

Reparations - take money from someone who never owned slaves and give it to someone who was never a slave. Makes perfect sense as a way to unite the country. (sarcasm alert) [ninja]

Dwasserba

If your ancestors weren't slaves, you've benefited from that over generations. No sarcasm.

bosco

How many ancestors would it take if one is mixed race? If it's the same number that it took for the Nazi's to determine who was a Jew, I'll be waiting for my check.

The irony of the reparations is that the funds would come from the US taxpayers - which means that Blacks would be paying themselves reparations. [ninja]

phydeaux994

Don’t be so sure bosco, have you read this? There is a lot of White blood coursing through the veins of “Black” people. The lady that wrote this OpEd is 52% White according to her DNA Test....

Friday, Nashville social media has been abuzz with praise for local poet and author Caroline Randall Williams, who published an op-ed in The New York Times. “You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument” is an indictment of white Southern pride and an exorcism of its demons.

The opening paragraphs stopped me in my tracks: “I have rape-colored skin,” Williams writes. “My light-brown-blackness is a living testament to the rules, the practices, the causes of the Old South.

“If there are those who want to remember the legacy of the Confederacy, if they want monuments, well, then, my body is a monument. My skin is a monument.”

gabrielshorn2013

You forgot the link phy.

gabrielshorn2013

I would be considered an octoroon bosco, just like Homer Plessy, which was enough to get him kicked off a train, resulting in the Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson. Not completely sure if that met the criteria in the mischling test.

phydeaux994

I just looked it up googling “New York times op ed the color of my skin is rape” gab.

Business Owner

What will reparation funds be used for? Would we require investing the funds in education, wealth-building? Would it be a blank check?

DickD

My solution would be to make sure all children reach a specific education level in science math and reading. Of course , there would have to be some exceptions because we are all born with equal opportunity, but we are not all equal

.And I don't mean racially.

gary4books

There is a real problem tha could be solved if some populations had more money and would use it to fix conditions left over from slavery and racism. The urge to find quick and easy solutions can only cause more problems. There may be a solution to all of this, but I do not see it in "reparations." Not in any way that has been presented. I am open to further conversation.

phydeaux994

Agree totally gary4books. Both sides on this issue will need to change behavior to help solve this problem. And tax dollars will be needed to right the wrongs of the past and present. But tax dollars are what is used to solve many of problems in America. We need to add this one.

wran

About 3 percent of whites owned slaves. These were the rich plantation owners. And, about 20 percent of free blacks owned slaves.

MD1756

What are your souces for that information? For example, see: https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2017/aug/24/viral-image/viral-post-gets-it-wrong-extent-slavery-1860/ . Your number for whites (even if accurate) counts the entire white population including children (who generally did not own slaves themselves). If you look at family units, nearly 20% of family units in "slave states" owned slaves. The same calculation should be done for free blacks who were owners of slaves. According to https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/facts-about-slavery/ "There were approximately 319,599 free blacks in the United States in 1830. Approximately 13.7 per cent of the total black population was free. A significant number of these free blacks were the owners of slaves. The census of 1830 lists 3,775 free Negroes who owned a total of 12,760 slaves." Just using the raw data though, less than 1.2% of free blacks owned slaves based on the 1830 census, not 20% as you assert.

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