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Statement from the ASCPT Board of Directors

Author: [AUTHOR] Published on 6/11/2020 5:00:00 AM

ASCPT is committed to serving a discipline whose activities are intended to benefit patients and society. However recent events serve as an awful reminder that there are members of society who will never benefit from the medical advances to which we contribute because their lives have been cut short based solely on the color of their skin… because the protections from which many of us benefit do not extend to ALL of us. 
 
The name George Floyd has crossed the lips of nearly every American these past weeks and has been taken up by individuals across the globe, but the truth is that Mr. Floyd represents countless systemically oppressed yet unrecognized Americans that suffer brutality and inequity at the hands of the criminal justice system. The sad reality is that justice will never be served for many of these victims.
 
Though we do not have the answers, ASCPT will not remain silent. ASCPT stands in solidarity with those demonstrating in protest. ASCPT rejects violence, hatred, and racism with no exception. ASCPT will take every measure to support equity, justice, and peaceful resolution to conflict.  ASCPT will magnify the voice of the victims of prejudice and invest in opportunities that eliminate their burdens. ASCPT will ensure that the organization’s actions reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
 
As leaders of ASCPT, we invite you into this discussion, we encourage you to share your thoughts, and we welcome your suggestions on how we can shape a future where the color of one’s skin does not determine their ability to survive and thrive.


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