We at PASE-UCLA strongly acknowledge that structural racism exists and continues to harm people daily. We know that denying the existence of structural racism is racist, not evidence-based, and invalidating of the lived experiences of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). PASE will continue to fight systemic racism in medicine, research, public health, and society through education, advocacy, and action. For those who are hurt by systemic racism and its repeated denial: we see you; we hear you; we will continue to listen to and fight with you. For those who do not understand systematic racism or how its denial can be so hurtful and traumatizing to BIPOC, please start by learning more before voicing an opinion (see resources below). This is not a definitive statement on this complex, ongoing, and critical problem—it is only the beginning.
BMJ Blog on the Roots of Racism in Medicine: Apologies Alone Won’t Solve Structural Racism: We Need a Reckoning with the Racist Roots of U.S. Medicine
NEJM Articles on Structural Racism: How Structural Racism Works — Racist Policies as a Root Cause of U.S. Racial Health Inequities Structural Racism and Supporting Black Lives — The Role of Health Professionals Diagnosing and Treating Systemic Racism
White Privilege: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Books: Caste: The Origins of our Discontents (by Isabel Wilkerson) How to be an Antiracist (by Ibram X. Kendi) White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (by Robin J. DiAngelo)
Personal Experiences: The prescription America needs right now is more than a vaccine
Rochelle Dicker, MD and Catherine Juillard, MD (PASE co-Directors) and the PASE team
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