LMSA-West Statement on Charlottesville Attack and Recent Events

On August 24th, 2017, posted in: General Announcements, Latest News by

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We, the students of the Latino Medical Student Association West Region are distraught by the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia. Organized members of White supremacist groups, Neo-Nazis, and KKK members protested the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. They gathered with the intent to intimidate and instill fear in the hearts of anyone they deemed different or unworthy. With the use of torches, batons, rifles, Nazi salutes, xenophobic slurs, and hateful rhetoric these groups inflicted direct harm and severe trauma to the Charlottesville community and the country. We mourn the death of Heather Heyer, the young advocate who was killed when an individual fueled by hate and extremism used his vehicle as a weapon to drive into peaceful counter-protesters. We grieve with her loved ones and stand in solidarity with the targeted communities of Charlottesville. We grieve for our country.

As the students of the Latino Medical Student Association, we are committed to serving, not only our own Latinx community, but all communities, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, or immigration status. As training physicians, we have a responsibility to speak out against the racism and hatred of the white supremacist groups that caused harm and loss of life. Racism, white supremacy, and xenophobia are acute and chronic threats to the lives of all our patients and our community members. As members of the Latinx community, we stand in solidarity with our Black, Muslim, Jewish, LGBTQ+, immigrant communities, and any other neighbors targeted by intolerance and hate. We stand together, committed to diversity, tolerance, love, and respect. Following Cesar Chavez’s call to action, we vow to “cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes our community – and our nation.”

Sincerely,

The LMSA-West Executive Board

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