Sen. Stephen Huffman (R), an Ohio state senator and physician, who questioned whether or not members of “the coloured inhabitants” have been disproportionately contracting COVID-19 due to their hygiene and alleged lack of social distancing and masks carrying, has been appointed to steer the state Senate Well being Committee.

“Might it simply be that African People – or the coloured inhabitants — don’t wash their palms in addition to different teams? Or put on masks? Or don’t socially distance themselves?” Huffman requested a Black well being skilled in June 11 testimony. “Might that simply be the reason of why there’s the next incidence?”

Black lawmakers within the state are criticising the appointment. Calls from Democrats and the ACLU of Ohio are additionally calling him to resign from the GOP-controlled Senate.

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In line with the Associated Press, Huffman, of Tipp Metropolis, was appointed by Senate President Matt Huffman, his cousin, to chair the committee even after he was fired from his place as an emergency room doctor for his feedback.

In a letter from final Wednesday (January 20), the Ohio Black Legislative Caucus demanded an appointed well being committee chief who understands and strikes to vary the inequities of healthcare within the state “with out political affect.”

“If the Senate management won’t exchange Sen. Huffman as Chair, then we are going to count on Sen. Huffman to make use of his place to enhance the well being of Ohio’s African-American inhabitants by working with OLBC to cross laws that successfully addresses well being disparities within the state of Ohio,” director Tony Bishop stated in a press launch.