Penn Medicine Radiation Oncology Solidarity Statement Introduction:
"The Department of Radiation Oncology stands to acknowledge and join in solidarity with those who are subject to or responsibly act against the realities of race-driven violence, inequality and oppression. The current crisis that grips our nation portrays the realities that are faced by Black men, women and children in our communities. Bearing tragic witness to these realities, the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, among centuries of others, are a testament to the inexcusable need for our society to acknowledge and address its failure to provide for equality among its citizens, even in the most basic of rights. With deep sadness, we reflect on these events that demand our attention and identify our responsibility to enact change in the attitudes and actions that define us as a society of many races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities and other backgrounds. From these differences among us emanates an invaluable diversity of experiences and backgrounds that are recognizable strengths. It is imperative we act as a community to develop these strengths, not willfully oppress diversity. Moreover, in synchrony with this action, we must protect against a return to the complacency that repeatedly rears itself throughout our history, standing in the path of progress."