BLACK LIVES MATTER

A statement and resources on #BlackLivesMatter

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To our community,

The past few months have been described as unprecedented more times than we can count. Recent weeks have been filled with sadness and anger, amongst other overwhelming emotions. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Belly Mujinga, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner and many more have been unjustly taken from their family and friends. May they all rest in peace. We hope that justice is on its way to being served.

 

Thousands of people around the world have been, and continue to protest for justice to be served and for our voices to be heard. We have been emulating Black Lives Matter in our work, but now more than ever, we strive to fight against the racial injustices rampant in our communities. We need to speak up about deep-rooted, insidious, systemic racism that is present in our institutions and society.

 

Public Health England published their report on 2nd June 2020 confirming that mortality rates due to Covid-19 among black, Asian and minority ethnic are disproportionately high. Urgent, important and transparent discussions are needed on how systemic racism has unfortunately permeated into Medicine.

 

We are aware that feelings of exhaustion, helplessness and anxiety, to name a few, are common in these times, so please speak to your family, friends and do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need to.

 

Below is a resource that we have compiled to help both black and non-black people reflect, educate ourselves and others and lastly contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. Additional resources can be found on our social media.

Sincerely,

BMS Team

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