Selwyn Vickers, MD – Confronting racism—the country’s systemic, pre-existing condition

The news of the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have brought forth expressions of deep anguish, fear, sadness, and rage in communities across the nation. In a city marked by a painful history of violence against black Americans, we here in Birmingham know all too well that these are continued examples of the racial injustices that have plagued our country since before its founding. Along with my leadership team and the SOM Office for Diversity and Inclusion, I want to acknowledge the immense impact these events are having on the members of our UAB SOM community.

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