ICAAP Statements on Anti-Racism and Violence/Police Brutality
Guilty on all three counts. As the verdict in the Derick Chauvin trial was read, there was a sigh of relief from Black and Brown communities around the country. Yet this outcome is far from justice for the hundreds of killings of young Black and Latinx persons at the hands of law enforcement in the US. ICAAP recognizes that as pediatricians we cannot remain silent when it comes to police violence and the structural racism at its core. We are committed to work with legislators and community partners to drive significant change in police policy, training and accountability, and to combat the structural racism that is a root cause of deaths at the hands of law enforcement. We advocate for greater community support systems, school funding and mental health resources to support adolescents and young adults in crisis in order to protect youth from police confrontation.
ICAAP extends our allyship and solidarity with our patients, families, colleagues, friends, and community who identify as Asian. We are deeply saddened by the historical racism and recent multiple acts of anti-Asian violence in our country, including the tragic mass shooting event in Atlanta on March 16th. This event highlights the intersection of anti-Asian racism, sexism, and gun-based violence. ICAAP is committed to health equity, and we recognize that these issues, and their resultant grief and stress, directly affect the health of our communities, our patients, and our colleagues.
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