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1/ I've been encouraged to be apolitical, lest my political views impact my ability to care for patients. The worry that speaking up about racism/social justice issues will impact residency/job prospects weighs on the minds of all #BMIM #BWIM #Sharethemicnowmed @Abdi_Abdullahi
2/ But for some of us, this isn’t a switch you turn on/off. During undergrad, I was pulled over at least 4 times by campus police. I was asked why my vehicle smelled like marijuana, when I’ve never smoked. I was asked if my vehicle was stolen. #Sharethemicnowmed @Abdi_Abdullahi
3/ My father has tried to coach me through minimizing the chance that I’ll be killed by police officers. “Always keep your hands visible on the steering wheel, ask them for permission to take out your documents, smile and say Yes Sir/Ma’am” #Sharethemicnowmed @Abdi_Abdullahi
4/ I chose @UCSF for its focus on social justice issues and training students to address health disparities, and I've loved it here. But on my first day on campus, I decided to make myself comfortable by going to the gym to play basketball. #Sharethemicnowmed @Abdi_Abdullahi
5/ Inside the crowded basketball court, a gym employee came up to me and essentially claimed I had snuck inside. They did not believe me when I said I was a student and requested to see my ID. For some reason, I didn’t look like a UCSF student. #Sharethemicnowmed @Abdi_Abdullahi
6/ I'm thrilled to see #Medicine widely condemn police brutality, but racism isn’t always as blatant as the knee that mercilessly snuffed out George Floyd’s life. We cannot be anti-racist only when it's easy; we must continue to speak up. #Sharethemicnowmed @Abdi_Abdullahi
7/ So no, I will not be apolitical if that means ignoring the structures that have led to Black folks being devastated by COVID, families/children being held in inhumane conditions, and a healthcare system that values lives based on wealth. #Sharethemicnowmed @Abdi_Abdullahi
8/ The framing of racism as a #publichealthissue is important because it highlights neg health outcomes, but this goes beyond medicine. It's a moral/human rights issue, and we can't afford to stay silent or place the burden solely on #BWIM #BMIM #Sharethemicnowmed @Abdi_Abdullahi
9/ And speaking up starts with addressing systemic racism in Medicine, from hiring/promotion practices all the way down to how we accept medical students and train them in curriculums that are informed by an anti-racist lens. #Sharethemicnowmed @Abdi_Abdullahi
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