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Student Activists at U. Colorado Hold ‘Die-In’ to Show Need for Action Against Racism

Student Activists at U. Colorado Hold ‘Die-In’ to Show Need for Action Against Racism

“to dismantle racism and accompanying systems of oppression in health”

I think this was more about the need to hold a die-in. It seems like protesting is the only thing that gives meaning to the lives of some students.

The College Fix reports:

U. Colorado ‘White Coats for Black Lives’ hold die-in to show ‘need for action’ against racism

The University of Colorado chapter of White Coats for Black Lives held a “die-in” at its Anschutz campus on Tuesday for precisely eight minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time Derek Chauvin held his knee on George Floyd’s neck in the infamous incident from last May.

According to a news release from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, the die-in’s symbolism also represented the “centuries of systemic and structural racism and racial injustice that Black Americans have endured.”

White Coats for Black Lives’ (or WC4BL) stated mission is “to dismantle racism and accompanying systems of oppression in health, while simultaneously cultivating means for collective liberation that center the needs, priorities, and self-determination of Black people and other people of color, particularly those most marginalized in our communities.”

Professor Shanta Zimmer, MD, dean for diversity and inclusion at the CU School of Medicine, said black and brown med students need the allyship of their white peers. “There are no changes made in isolation,” she said, adding if the deaths of Floyd and Eric Garner weren’t “a call to the medical profession, I don’t know what is.”

From the story:

“Sometimes it seems like the burden is on us to feel all the weight of racism,” [second-year medical student Bruck] Gezahegn explained. “It’s important to see that we are not alone. Small things can be watershed, how as a Black kid, wearing a hoodie can be seen as a weapon. Those things are hard to overlook.”

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Systemic and structural racisms??? If that the case , how were you admitted to Med School?? Dr. Zimmer needs her meds.

Dress like a gangsta, get treated like a gangsta. Is it really that hard for them to figure out the connection? The feral humans (formerly known as “the homeless”) in Portland are the same way. They seem to simply be incapable of making a connection between how they dress/act and how people then treat them. But then, if they were sane, they wouldn’t be in the position that they have put THEMSELVES in in the first place.

Granted, as a former Balmer resident and a huge fan of The Wire, I can see how some of those kids were born into a system that it was very difficult to escape. But what needs to be realized is that it is the blacks who maintain that system for the most part. There is no need for white supremacy racists these days. All of their work is being done by well meaning white liberals and the race hustlers.

There hasn’t really been an effective die-in since Kent State. Is it going to take boomers to show these kids how it’s done?

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