New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has officially made racism a “public health emergency,” the Daily Wire reports.
Hochul did so last week by signing a bill into law that does just this. Hochul, in fact, signed a series of bills into law that are aimed at combating so-called systemic racism and inequitable treatment in the state of New York.
“For far too long, communities of color in New York have been held back by systemic racism and inequitable treatment,” Hochul said during the signing.
She added, “I am proud to sign legislation that addresses this crisis head-on, addressing racism, expanding equity, and improving access for all.”
The Daily Wire highlight four of the bills that Hochul signed last week.
The one referred to above is S.2987-A/A.5679. It, according to the Daily Wire, “declares racism a public health crisis and establishes a working group to promote racial equity throughout the State of New York.”
Another bill Hochul signed is S.6639-A/A6896-A. This one, according to the outlet, “requires the collection of certain demographic information by certain state agencies, boards, departments, and commissions in order to keep a more accurate and relevant public record of Asian-American populations in New York.”
Another bill is A.1451-A/A.6215. This one asks the New York State Office of Technology Service to advise state agencies on language translation technology for the purpose of translating government websites into the most common non-English language spoken in New York.
And, S.1451-A/A.191, according to the Daily Wire, “requires a health equity assessment to be filed with an application for any project that will affect a hospital’s health care services.”
New York is now part of the growing list of Democrat-led entities that have declared racism a public health crisis. New York City, Chicago, and Richmond, Virginia have all done the same.
The idea really gained traction following the George Floyd incident that occurred during the summer of 2020.
What good will come from the legislation signed by Hochul remains to be seen. One would think that New York would be better off focusing on some of its many legitimate problems, such as the real public health crisis, the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the economic crisis that has resulted from the state’s implementation of mandates and lockdowns to combat it.