Racism

Baltimore councilman proposes $15 million fund to help eliminate 'structural and institutional' racism

Baltimore councilman proposes $15 million fund to help eliminate 'structural and institutional' racism

Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott plans to introduce legislation Monday that would force each city agency to study whether it is engaging in discriminatory policies — and create a roughly $15 million annual fund that would go toward eliminating “structural and institutional racism.”

Scott, who chairs the council’s public safety committee, spoke of the city’s history of racist zoning laws and restrictive housing covenants.

“As much as we have a storied history,” he said, “we also have a history we don’t like to talk about: We have a history of racial inequity.”

He said much work needs to be done to make sure city government is treating people fairly regardless of...

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