Statement on Anti-Racism
Released: June 9, 2020
The recent death of George Floyd has brought increased attention to the issues of racial injustice and systemic racism that exist in the United States, and elsewhere in the world. AAGL believes that Black lives matter and is committed to addressing the inequalities and biases that many of our members and patients experience every day.
We know that many health care providers are not treated equally in academic and professional settings based on the color of their skin or their background. We know that Black, Hispanic, and Native patients have inferior outcomes and less commonly receive minimally invasive surgery compared to White patients. We know that these issues affect other groups as well, as has recently been brought to light with examples of anti-Asian hostility in the wake of COVID-19.
As an organization, we stand united against racism and discrimination in all forms. Words alone, although important, are not enough. We as a global body will strive to address the structural and systemic issues of bias and injustice that affect our members and the patients we serve. We are committed to addressing these issues within our own organization and promoting clinical and professional equity for all. This is not a straightforward or simple task, and we do not intend to make empty pledges of support. Therefore, we will be tasking the Diversity & Inclusion Committee with forming an Anti-Racism task force to develop tangible measures we can take to combat racism and discrimination.
We want to listen to you, our members. Let us know what support you need. Please submit your comments and suggestions to the Anti-Racism Initiative by clicking here.
AAGL remains committed to equity, equality, and respect for all.