The recent senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have been emotionally overwhelming and traumatic. These deaths, along with the history of racial injustice and brutality against Black people, are stark reminders that racism continues to function in our society.
To our colleagues, faculty, students, and trainees from vulnerable backgrounds and in particular today to our Black members around the world – we share in your heartbreak, grief, and outrage over these killings. We stand with you in solidarity and we commit as an organization to challenge and confront racism through anti-racist action.
SfRBM will continue to unequivocally denounce and condemn these and other instances of racialized violence and hate. We pledge to continue to advocate on your behalf and support you as we re-commit to address the deep systemic injustice of racism and advancing equity and inclusion for all people.
We do not have all the answers but SfRBM is an organization that values differences, diversity, a shared compassion for humanity and love for science. We call upon our colleagues, members, and the broader scientific community, to commit to anti-racism.
Since everyone’s dreams, aspirations and right to pursue happiness and fulfillment is precious to us, SfRBM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will continue to create opportunities, increase the visibility and promote the achievements of our members from underrepresented minority backgrounds.
Phyllis A. Dennery, MD
Brown University / Rhode Island Hospital
on behalf of the SfRBM Council