Black Lives Matter

Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging


The recent murders of Black people at the hands of police officers and white vigilantes illustrate how, especially during a worldwide pandemic, systemic injustice and racism remain deeply ingrained in our society. Among the most urgent structural issues we need to address is our reliance on policing to handle the economic, health, social, educational, and environmental disparities that humiliate, injure, and cut short the lives of vulnerable people in the U.S. While we hold the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, James Scurlock, and Tony McDade in our minds today, we also acknowledge 400+ years of anti-Black violence and racialized terror. If accurately describing and analyzing our condition is a first step, it is not nearly enough. We must listen to and act upon the words of the many people harmed by racism to envision and enact a different future. 

A fundamental element of the culture in our department is our pervasive value of respect and our collective commitment to social justice. As educators, clinicians, researchers, trainees, and administrators, we each have a role – a responsibility – to personally engage in the difficult and sometimes uncomfortable work of examining our beliefs, status, and actions to make a more just world. Not actively or consciously participating is also participating through acquiescence. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said in his historic comments at Riverside Church in New York City in 1967, “there comes a time when silence is betrayal.” More than 50 years after Dr. King’s assassination, we remain far short of accomplishing his vision for human justice. 

Social solidarity against racism is our moral imperative. We will not evade our obligations to each other and to our communities.