Today, Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) issued the following statement in response to Senator Steve Huffman’s (R-Tipp City) question during a Senate Health Committee hearing on Tuesday regarding the disproportionate affect Covid-19 has had on the Black community.
“Senator Steve Huffman's comment was not just ‘unintentionally awkward’––it was blatantly racist, and it’s especially offensive coming from an elected official and medical professional. He and his colleagues have long ignored the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus’ agenda. We cannot continue to turn our backs to racism and the harmful stereotypes that permeate every system and industry, from education to law enforcement and health care. When unchecked, these biases lead to disparities that routinely harm the Black community.
“I condemn his remarks, and I hope my other colleagues on both sides of the aisle will also take a stand. We all have so much more work to do to fight systemic racism in all areas, and this starts with passing Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 and declare racism a public health crisis in Ohio as quickly as possible.”