Injustice is not new. But recent events have once again emphasized a long pattern of tragic deaths of black men and women at the hands of an unjust system. Melanin should not determine meaning or value. There should be no privilege around the genetic trait of skin color. No one should be deemed more or less worthy based on to whom they are born. Each individual deserves respect and dignity and should be treated humanely and equitably.
To our colleagues, students, alumni and community members of color: We see you. We hear you. We witness your pain. Our hearts are broken and we are outraged.
But we know that you need more than our anger and despair. So, we commit to going beyond witnessing your suffering. We stand with you. And we will act overtly and resolutely to oppose racism and social injustice on our campus, in our clinics and in our community.
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