As a future medical student - I think it's great to see so many schools taking part in this protests against police brutality. Racial bias isn't just a problem in the criminal justice system, it's an issue across society, perhaps especially in the medical and public health realms. As they state, in the US, "racial violence is a public health crisis."
Racial bias and violence are not exclusively a problem of the criminal justice system. As we have seen in Ferguson, Mo., New York, and countless other places, bias kills, sickens, and provides inadequate care. As medical students, we must take a stand against the oppression of our black and brown patients, colleagues, friends, and family. By standing together at medical schools nationwide, we hope to demonstrate that the medical student community views racial violence as a public health crisis. We are #whitecoats4blacklives.