Our Statement on Racism in America
Dear Drexel Community,
The Drexel College of Medicine Health Outreach Program (HOP) would like to express our deepest heartbreak over the tragic incidences of racism and prejudice in our country displayed in recent events and affirm our solidarity with other student organizations, people of color everywhere, and oppressed communities throughout our country, all calling for justice and authentic reform. Our hearts ache over the brutal killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others. Our thoughts and condolences are with their families and communities.
HOP acknowledges and fully condemns the existence of all forms of racism and societal injustice in America, including targeted police brutality, the silencing of peaceful protest, and systemic racism that perpetuates disadvantage among minorities. As a student-led organization of aspiring physicians, we are particularly concerned with the physical, emotional, mental, and societal wellbeing of every person we serve. This leaves absolutely no room for racism of any kind.
We affirm the intrinsic value and dignity of every person, regardless of race, ethnicity, or color.
We reject actions, words, or attitudes that devalue or harm anyone based on the color of their skin.
We affirm the human right of equality before the law and equal access to the privileges that only some now hold.
We reject systemic racism and inequalities that alarmingly disadvantage people of color.
We affirm the need for society-wide change in policies and practices that perpetuate racism.
We reject attitudes of apathy towards the countless accounts of racial injustice in America.
We affirm the responsibility of current and future healthcare workers to protect and promote the wellbeing of all persons, particularly those under oppression.
We reject all practices, policies, and perceptions that actively or passively promote oppression and injustice among minority communities in America.
In accordance with the affirmations and rejections above, we are alarmed and saddened by the recent displays of racial injustice in our communities and the apathy that too many people show to the current state of racism in America, particularly towards our Black communities. We call for society-wide recognition of these injustices and prompt changes to protect the rights of people of color in America. HOP leadership is committed to continue taking actionable steps this summer to address racism and promote equality and justice within our organization and within the communities we serve.
We stand in sorrow and solidarity with our Black community, near and far.
The Health Outreach Project (HOP) Executive Board
Drexel University College of Medicine