City of St. Petersburg Releases Structural Racism Study Results, City Council Passes Resolution
Said Mayor Kriseman, “My sincere thanks to Dr. Ruthmae Sears and the entire team at USF for leading the way on this critically important endeavor. While this work was initiated by the City of St. Petersburg, it is now a part of a long-overdue community conversation, and it will be up to not just City officials, but community leaders and citizens to have that conversation going forward.”
Based on the evidence discovered during the intensive study, the five immediate action steps recommended are:
- Create an equity department within the Office of the Mayor. The Director will serve as a liaison between the community and the budget committee, using an annual equity assessment and other data to negotiate funds for City projects and promptly bring issues to light.
- Create and implement an effective accountability strategy that includes a commitment to a race equity review of existing City policies and practices and of all future proposed policies and practices. The strategy will be supported by measurable outcomes that are tracked over time and used to influence incremental improvements to the strategy until equitable outcomes are achieved.
- Create a permanent resident race equity commission aligned with the motion approved in April 2018, which supported an African American Quality of Life Sunshine Committee. This will advance the unanimously approved motion. The performance monitoring will ensure progress towards equity is made and it is recommended that this becomes a permanent way of conducting business in the city.
- Examine and initiate action steps to reparations to address disparities that have been made visible by this report. In conversations with those most impacted by racism in the community, topics focused on wanting more tangible efforts of restitutions such as affordable housing, reforms in the criminal-legal system, free health services or tertiary education.
- Continue support for the work started in the study.
To learn more about the study and its findings, visit stpete.org/racismstudy.