April 29, 2021
Statement from Clinical Scholars Co-Directors:
Our country continues to face incredibly heartbreaking challenges, including the current rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and the continuing deaths of Black people at the hands of police officers. We all shared the horror at the many stories shared by friends and video footage on the news, giving us painful reminders of how much work there is left to do. Since the start of Clinical Scholars, we have been focused on the evil effects of racism on health and well-being – it is excruciating to see these incidents of hate expanding. As with our Black colleagues, we want our friends and colleagues of Asian descent to know that we stand with you, beside you, behind you, and when we can shield you, in front of you, as allies, as advocates and as alliances. When any one of us is targeted, we are all caught in the cross hairs.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that “we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”. Our collective work will not be done until each of us can be free from prejudice and hatred. This is the work of Clinical Scholars. This is the work we engage in together.
While we’ve been tested time and time again, individually and as a community, we also want to point out that we’ve seen amazing resiliency over the past year and a growing resistance to the kinds of oppression and marginalization that have characterized our country for all too long. While these are not easy times to live through, how we move forward and lead can make this window of opportunity a time of true change. We are so glad that you are a part of our community as we continue our journey together.
Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc and Claudia Fernandez, DrPH, MS, RD, LDN
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