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Statement on Verdict in Trial for Murder of George Floyd

April 20, 2021


Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON — We hope the verdict in the trial for the murder of George Floyd offers some relief to his family and a measure of hope to the many people who experience systemic racism’s pervasive effects.

Although we cannot change the tragic circumstances and avoidable outcome of Floyd’s arrest, we can use this experience to advance the national conversation on overcoming systemic racism in all its forms — including in the health disparities and barriers to care that afflict people of color and other underrepresented groups.

As we reflect on these events, we look ahead to the opportunity to come together as a nation, acknowledge the structural and systemic challenges we still face, and continue the hard but necessary work of building a more just and equitable society.

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