In this special episode of Charged, a panel of three guests discuss the history of racism against the AAPI community, how the pandemic has fueled it and why this group has been widely excluded from conversation, data and policy intended to foster racial equality.
During the COVID pandemic, we have witnessed first-hand the best of humanity as staff from different backgrounds have united in extraordinary compassion, collaboration and courage. Yet, this week we also have been starkly reminded that we as a society have a long way to go on the journey to a truly stronger, just and tolerant nation for all.
We were horrified by the accounts of the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. This incident—which was videotaped and broadcast widely—is another heartbreaking example of unacceptable violence in our country. George Floyd’s death, which has led to riots in Minneapolis and protests across the nation, came on the heels of the senseless death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man in Georgia who was jogging when confronted and allegedly shot by two white men, an incident that also was caught on videotape. As actor Will Smith noted during an interview in 2016, “Racism is not getting worse, it is getting filmed.”
Closer to home, one of our Asian-American physicians was harassed by a man who made hurtful and threatening remarks as she walked just outside the doors of our hospital—after a long and difficult shift caring for COVID patients. We know that for every one of these reports there are more that go unsaid, unreported, unrecorded.
It is our collective responsibility to combat hatred and xenophobia and discrimination of all kinds. As a place of healing, a place dedicated to humanity and hope, Massachusetts General Hospital stands firmly and resolutely in our commitment to work toward a community and a nation where no one has to live in fear because of what they look like, where they come from, what they believe or who they love. Sadly, we still have much work to do.
Peter L. Slavin, MD
Mass General President
Timothy G. Ferris, MD
Massachusetts General Physicians Organization CEO
Joseph Betancourt, MD
Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer
- Press Release
- Jul | 21 | 2021
A new study lays out the challenges of achieving equity for diverse patients in communication at hospital discharge.
- Jul | 19 | 2021
In this Q&A, Joshua Budhu, MD and Justin Jordan, MD, MPH, expand on a recent editorial in the journal Neurology which discussed the implications of virtual residency applications and interviews to amplify diversity and inclusion among neurology residency programs.
- Staff Story
- Jul | 9 | 2021
We sat down with the new DE&I community health partnerships manager, Deborah Washington to get her historical perspective, her take on the current state of equity and community health efforts in our health system, and her hopes for the future.
- Press Release
- Jun | 9 | 2021
An analysis of both inpatient and outpatient data within an integrated health system demonstrates the role of structural, societal factors in the pandemic’s spread.
- Apr | 29 | 2021
What would happen if you had a sudden illness, injury, or accident that prevented you from making decisions about your medical care? You have the right to make your wishes about health care decisions known and respected, even if you can’t make them yourself.