#WhiteCoats4BlackLives: 3 Things We Need to Talk About

Harvard Medical School students

“I can’t breathe.”

By now, we’ve all listened to those words.

By now, we’ve all heard the story of the 43-year-old father from New York who was slammed into the ground, put into an illegal chokehold and ignored while screaming for mercy.

By now, we’ve all realized that this conversation is much greater than the sum of its parts — more heartbreaking in its breadth than the tragic stories of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, and the so many others like them alone. This conversation is about race, about inequity, about the systems and the cycles that have for too long fostered and harbored a culture of violence, poverty, and hate.

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