The past few months have been heartbreaking as we – as individuals and collectively – have grappled with and mourned the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and many others before them. These lives are only a few of the thousands that have been taken at the hands of horrific, unwarranted violence and institutional racism.
We now find ourselves in the midst of a long-overdue moral reckoning. Systemic racism has been tolerated and sustained for generations through unjust social, political, and economic discrimination against Black and Brown communities.
Racism is a public health crisis and it must be named as such. Today we are seeing Black and Brown communities disproportionately losing their lives to COVID-19, and we have witnessed similar disparities with many other diseases and health issues for centuries. We can no longer sweep institutional racism and health inequities under the rug. We must confront this head-on.
Our vision at the CAPTC is to realize an environment where health equity exists for all. This demands rigorous honesty about our own biases, and candid and sometimes painful dialog about race and privilege. In that spirit, we pledge to delve deeper in our commitment to look inward and examine our own biases and prejudices to help dismantle a deadly system that must change. We pledge to work toward an anti-racist world where systemic racism and injustice no longer exist. We pledge to work toward a world where every human life is valued and protected equally.
As a member of both the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, and the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) Ob-Gyn Division and Heluna Health we are committed to this ongoing work, and we ask you to join us.