Important Message from MDAFP President
Dear MDAFP members and friends,
Many of you watched a man so horrifically and violently restrained by police that learning of his tragic demise soon thereafter came as little surprise. Mr. George Floyd’s death, now being prosecuted as a homicide, cannot help but return our minds to that of Mr. Freddie Gray, lost while in police custody in 2015, as well as the many others since.
Nationwide, across nearly all media channels, we see demonstrations led by communities of color who, daily, bear the tiresome weight of discrimination, marginalization and fear. They are joined by those from all demographics, who cannot abide the perpetuation of inhumane racial profiling and violence. In these heavy days, it seems the historic and heroic sacrifices to create an equitable society with room for the dignity and care of all human life, have thus far been wholly insufficient.
Allow me to express my ardent support for the words our AAFP President Gary L. LeRoy, MD announced last weekend, in part “...What is happening in our communities today, and what has been happening in our country for decades, is unacceptable. As a health care organization, the AAFP considers racism a public health crisis.“
The MDAFP leadership shares this commitment to the elimination of institutional racism and the policies and practices that arise therefrom. We envision a future where our society’s thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs allow for the safety and dignity of all people. Additionally, we are blessed to have within our membership a beautiful diversity formed from our varied cultures and lived experiences.
In closing, I offer condolences to the loved ones of Mr. Floyd and honor the memory of all those who have died at the hands of racial violence. I continue to be honored to serve the MDAFP who have the privilege not only to care for all segments in our communities, but have among us the talent and influence to help resolve the ugliness of health disparity and pave the way toward a better future.
Mozella Williams, MD MBA