Just saw this come across my Facebook feed and immediately started welling up with emotion.
Apparently a number of medical schools - those who are teaching our nation's physicians to "first do no harm" and safeguard the fragility of human life - have come together today to observe a day of action in furtherance of racial equality and justice.
From the Press Release:
Students at more than 50 medical schools – in New York, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere – will protest lack of indictments for police killings in Ferguson, Mo., and New York, and to spotlight racial bias as a public health issue
Protests, demonstrations and "white coat die-ins" at medical schools in New York, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere (see list below) in response to the recent decisions by authorities to not bring indictments in the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York.
We as medical students feel that this is an important time for medical institutions to respond to the violence and race-related trauma, which affect our communities and the patients we serve.
We feel it is essential to begin a conversation about our role in addressing the explicit and implicit discrimination and racism in our communities and reflect on the systemic biases embedded in our medical education curricula, clinical learning environments, and administrative decision-making. We believe these discussions are needed at academic medical centers nationwide.
3 p.m. Eastern Time (check local actions; list below), Wednesday, Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day
Racial bias and violence are not exclusively a problem of the criminal justice system. As we have seen in Ferguson, Mo., New York, and countless other places, bias kills, sickens, and provides inadequate care. As medical students, we must take a stand against the oppression of our black and brown patients, colleagues, friends, and family. By standing together at medical schools nationwide, we hope to demonstrate that the medical student community views racial violence as a public health crisis. We are #whitecoats4blacklives.
Right on y'all. Stay woke.