CHER stands in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter
The CSULB Center for Health Equity Research, stands in solidarity with our staff, students, community partners, colleagues, and friends to stress that #BlackLivesMatter. We pledge to continue to highlight the existence of systemic racism and other racial injustices in our work that is focused on research and interventions to achieve health equity across all vulnerable and marginalized populations.
This is an unprecedented time in our history. The global coronavirus pandemic coupled with relentless examples of police brutality and racial injustice serve to underscore the impacts that racism, oppression, white privilege, and complacency have on the health of our society, communities, families, and children. They also serve to highlight the importance of the movement that is growing to end racism and advance racial equity and social justice, and in so doing, the public's health.
The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless others have sparked protests across the nation that we support and believe are critical to lasting social change. We stand with the black community, whose physical and mental health, and safety are intimately impacted. We understand that issues of racism and discrimination are deep-rooted in our society and that these recent deaths are not isolated occurrences. We also understand that there is a long road ahead to achieving lasting solutions. We join you and all the others who are engaged in this battle for social change, racial equity, and an end to the systemic racism that has plagued this nation since its inception.