Gita Appelbaum: Mayoral Candidate
How have you demonstrated your commitment to racial justice?
In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges San Diego faces to achieving racial equity?
Check all of the boxes that describe your perspective about race.
“Race is a social construction.”
“I am colorblind.”
“Institutional racism means that people who are not explicitly racist can support and benefit from racial oppression.”
“White people of all income-levels benefit from privileges bestowed upon them historically and in the current day.”
“We live in a post-racial society. Anyone can thrive if they work hard enough.”
“We live in a country where race impacts one’s educational and employment opportunities.”
✅ “Racism continues to be a problem in today’s world.”
“White people have a responsibility to work for racial justice.”
“I am well-informed about the United States’ history as it relates to race and racial inequality.”
The limitations of the public transit system in San Diego mean that low-income workers face obstacles getting to work and pursuing certain employment opportunities. How should San Diego expand and support its public transit system? What role will you play, if any?
More frequent routes, more accesibility
Clean, drinkable water should be available to all households, regardless of income level. What should San Diego do to make drinking water more affordable for low-income families? What role will you play, if any?
Provide a stipend
How can San Diego raise employment rates among communities of color in San Diego? What role will you play, if any?
Provide more diversity in job training to companies
What should San Diego do to ensure communities of color are safe while reducing the disproportionate police presence and contact in their neighborhoods? What role will you play, if any?
Advocate for More ethnic police in diverse neighborhoods
How should San Diego ensure that children of color receive a high quality education that affords them the same post-secondary opportunities as white children? What role will you play, if any?
Have more parents fight for equality
What should San Diego do to support students of color, as well as immigrant and refugee students, in finding employment and high-wage jobs? What role will you play, if any?
Improve awareness on tv and radio
What does San Diego need to do to better support its bilingual/multilingual communities? What role will you play, if any?
Petition for more language training in schools
What should San Diego do to ensure that low-income communities of color have affordable housing? How can San Diego support development without pricing out low-income families? What role will you play, if any?
Get city council involved
The legitimacy of the police is undermined within communities of color because of racial profiling in police stops, police shootings of people of color, and racially disproportionate police contact. What should San Diego do to rebuild trust in San Diego’s police? What role will you play, if any?
Hire more cops that are minorities
What is your stance on the Black Lives Matter Movement?
Each life matters
What is your stance on San Diego’s use of Proposition 21 (Section 182.5) and the San Diego 33?
I choose not to answer this question.
What role should San Diego play in the current refugee crisis?
✅ A) San Diego should be a haven for refugees from Syria and elsewhere fleeing violence and economic hardship.
B) San Diego should not actively welcome refugees from Syria and elsewhere.
Any Additional Comments?
Let’s represent San Diego equally