White Coats 4 Black Lives: Network of med students claims racism a ‘national health crisis’
Activist medical students with a growing national network are framing racism as a “public health crisis.”
White Coats 4 Black Lives, which launched its official Facebook page in January 2015, has grown to 43 chapters across the nation. The group, which aims to “eliminate racial bias in the practice of medicine and racism as a threat to the health and well-being of people of color,” includes future doctors from Harvard and Yale.
“On numerous occasions, the White Coats for Black Lives website declares racism to be a ‘national health crisis’ or ‘issue,’ in one instance calling it ‘one of the major health problems in the United States’ and declaring that it must be addressed by promoting med ‘students’ involvement in local and national movements to end racism and police brutality,” the education watchdog Campus Reform first reported Monday.
Over 2,200 medical students currently receive updates from the group’s Facebook page.
“The racism, misogyny, xenophobia, transphobia and homophobia that catapulted Donald Trump to the White House have pervaded our country and our health care system for hundreds of years,” White Coats 4 Black Lives said in a statement Nov. 11.” It is more important now than ever that we affirm our commitment to Black lives, to Indigenous lives, to Muslim lives, to queer lives, to immigrant lives.”