Seattle Mayor

Clinton Bliss, MD

Question

Black wealth remains near zero due to centuries of systemic anti-Black racism and is on a trajectory to only worsen. In Seattle, white wealth is nearly 20x more than Black wealth. What specific actions will you take to close the Black-white wealth gap?

  1. How much of the Black-white wealth gap will you close while in office? 

  2. Who are you working with in the Black community to close it? 

  3. How will you support investing federal funding directly and specifically into the Black community in the next two years?

Answer

Civil rights are about equality, a guarantee of fair treatment for all. I believe that the primary engine of institutionalized racial inequality is our system of economic injustice which is deeply embedded in our public institutions. In particular, wealth ensures private education at public school prices, elite attorneys that provide special favorable outcomes in our public courts, and legalized bribery of public officials in the form of campaign contributions. These private privileges are granted by our public institutions to our wealthy elite and are denied to those without wealth. Until we reform these corrupt government practices, we will continue to have economic inequality with poor and minority communities showing lower rates of high school graduation, lower college attendance rates, lower incomes, higher unemployment, higher rates of arrest, higher rates of incarceration, and lower rates of participation and representation in our democracy. As mayor I will press for national reforms and locally I will give all people an ongoing voice in government through resident satisfactions surveys in each interaction with city government including police, making department heads responsible for improving results, and make the departments under the mayor accountable to the people through resident satisfaction surveys with each interaction with government and I plan to invest heavily in equal outcomes in education for all of our children through the department of education and early learning.

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