SACOG Directors Frost, Joiner vote 'reluctant aye' and 'uncomfortable aye' on racial equity statement

In what would have been an otherwise short discussion on a Sacramento Area Council of Government (SACOG) resolution adopting a racial equity...



In what would have been an otherwise short discussion on a Sacramento Area Council of Government (SACOG) resolution adopting a racial equity statement became a 30-minute-plus discussion at yesterday's regular board meeting. 

Although the resolution was unanimously adopted, two board members begrudgingly voted to support the Racial Equity Statement of Change and Commitment. Those two directors, Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost and Lincoln City Councilmember Paul Joiner objected to the resolution's language that did not include all races. 

After a presentation by SACOG chief executive Jame Corless on the development of the resolution, Frost and then Joiner expressed their discomfort. While Frost spoke in muted terms, Joiner was direct. 

"I think that by listing all but frankly one race, you are doing the very thing that historically we are upset about," Joiner said. "We are doing the same thing here, only backwards."

The complete comments made by Frost and Joiner and additional commentary from Sacramento City Councilmember and SACOG Chair Rick Jennings are in the video posted below. 
  




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