#WhiteCoats4BlackLives: A ‘Platform for Good’

June 10, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified June 11, 2020

Participants in the growing #WhiteCoats4BlackLives protest against racism say it is a chance to use their status as trusted messengers, show themselves as allies of people of color, and demonstrate that they are intimately familiar with how racism has contributed to health disparities, like those on vivid display during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This article by Medscape describes the protests as sporadic, with participants in scrubs or white coats kneeling for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd. Additionally, they have quickly grown into organized, ongoing, large-scale events at hospitals, medical campuses, and city centers in New York, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Boston, Miami, Portland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Albuquerque, among others.

Despite the demands of treating COVID-19 patients, the group WhiteCoats4BlackLives have made protests a priority. Most of the White Coats protests have been on medical campuses, allowing healthcare professionals to quickly assemble and get back to work. All of the protests have called on attendees to march and gather safely — with masks and distancing.

“It’s important to use our platform for good,” said Danielle Verghese, MD, a first-year internal medicine resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

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