We are deeply saddened by the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Their deaths, along with many others, are tragic and weigh heavy on our hearts. We unequivocally condemn any acts of racism and violence.
The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is committed to diversity, inclusiveness, fairness, and equity. We are concerned about the health and safety of every person.
We direct our members to a reading list compiled by the Student National Medical Association (www.snma.org
) to enhance their personal understanding of the perspectives of our brothers and sisters of color.
We must use our voice to advocate for changes that may remedy existing inequities, particularly in healthcare, that have persisted far too long and have contributed to our current situation. Together, through meaningful actions, we can promote justice for all of our members, our society, and our patients regardless of color, ethnic group, or social status.