CIR Executive Committee Statement on Charlottesville Protests

August 14, 2017

We are outraged at the demonstration of violence, hatred, and racism perpetrated by white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend, and our thoughts are with the families of Heather Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates.  

As advocates for justice, we stand in solidarity with all of those who have bravely stood up to bigotry and shown that intolerance is unjust, un-American, and unacceptable anywhere on our streets.  We are proud of our diverse population of members, representing a range of different races, ethnicities, countries of origin, religions, and gender identities, and we will not accept any attitude or belief that attacks another person on those bases.  

As physicians, witnessing violence is unbearable, particularly against those standing up in the face of injustice.  The events taking place over the weekend are a tragic reminder that we have a long road ahead of us when it comes to combating bigotry and intolerance, and we must continue to stand in the face of this intolerance to build a stronger community together.

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