Sen. Brown: Racism A ‘Public Health Crisis’

Racism is a “public health crisis” according to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). He claims Blacks and other minorities are constantly subjected to bigotry and prejudice in forms ranging from “microaggressions” to armed violence when jogging.

To that end, he has introduced a resolution calling for a “a nationwide strategy to address health disparities and inequities across all sectors in society.” He has submitted iterations of this every year since 2020, when he co-sponsored it with then-Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).

The resolution takes many bizarre tangents, implying that racism is the cause of every malaise suffered by every non-Caucasian ethnicity. It states: “Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are 2.5-times more likely to die from diabetes than non-Hispanic White women.” Additionally, Brown’s resolution asserts that the same groups “experienced disproportionately high rates of COVID–19 infection.”

Brown offers no supporting evidence that racism is actually a cause for any of these situations. He provides only selective fact dumps that demonstrate correlations.

An even more vague assertion in the resolution is the claim that “inequities in health outcomes are exacerbated for people of color who are LGBTQIA+.”

Finally, Brown states that Black people are constantly “confronted and threatened by armed citizens while performing everyday tasks, such as jogging in neighborhoods, driving, or playing in a park.” Once again, there are no hard numbers in support of this claim.

Sen. Brown’s own state of Ohio was ironically carried twice by former President Barack Obama — which belies his accusations of institutionalized racism.

Brown has a polling lead within the margin of error against all three possible GOP rivals in his 2024 re-election bid. The Buckeye State was carried by Donald Trump by 7 points in 2020, and Trump currently has a 9-point lead over President Biden ahead of the 2024 election.

Since his first Senate term in 2006, Brown has been among the most far-left members of Congress. He has blocked pro-life bills and supported pro-LGBT legislation at every opportunity.

In 2024, the possibility of Brown losing his seat is also the possibility of the Democrats losing control of the U.S. Senate. His hyper-woke resolution comes at a time when Americans are growing weary of the racism boogeyman lurking everywhere.