The Washington State Urology Society stands in solidarity with our local black community partner, National African American Wellness Initiative to join together to make changes in our local community regarding the need for law enforcement reform and an increased focus on health disparities for the Black Community. The recent events across America have significantly impacted us all, especially members of the black community. They have served as a reminder of the ongoing systemic racism that still exists in our country. The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and numerous others along with the glaring outcomes of COVID-19 on our black communities are stark examples of how far we have yet to go in our quest for “Liberty and justice for all”. Together we actively condemn these abhorrent acts of violence.
Urologic ailments are not protected from racial inequities: Black patients have poorer outcomes for many urologic conditions, including prostate cancer. Standing in solidarity we pledge to actively promote and sustain equity, through education, alliance, and advocacy.”
Racism, brutal attacks, subsequent violence and health disparities must end. We are grateful to the thousands of peaceful protestors who are helping to raise awareness of issues still observed in the black community. We invite other organizations to join us in efforts to truly work toward change.