The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) acknowledges the grief and trauma many are experiencing following the recent violent deaths of Black Americans, including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Monika Diamond, and Tony McDade, which follow many others. These deaths and the unrest that has followed come as Californians continue to grapple with the devastating health impacts and loss of life from COVID-19 and its associated economic impacts, all of which Black Americans experience at higher rates than other groups.
As Governor Newsom said earlier this week, “The Black community is not responsible for what’s happening in this country right now. We are... Our institutions are responsible. We are accountable to this moment... We have a unique responsibility to the Black community in this country and we’ve been paying lip service to that for generations...”
The Governor asked, “The question we have to ask ourselves – are we capable of not just meeting this moment, but capable of doing justice to the moments in front of us?”
SGC is dedicated to taking and expanding action to address and eradicate structural racism so that all people in California live in healthy, thriving, and resilient communities regardless of race. In service of that vision, we remain committed to implementing our Racial Equity Action Plan to achieve racial equity in our programs, operations, and policy initiatives. We will continue to prioritize investments and capacity-building in under-served or disadvantaged communities, including California’s historically marginalized communities of color. We will help build the capacity of other State agencies to take similar actions through our partnership with the Capitol Collaborative on Race & Equity. Finally, we will continue to seek out and learn from the voices of Black and Brown communities to ensure we are achieving racially equitable outcomes.
As we all meet this moment together and as individuals, SGC acknowledges the pain and burden Black Californians bear and urges all of us to work every day for an equitable, just California for All.