Metro Healthcare Workers To Show Support For Black Community At Capitol

Friday, June 5th 2020, 7:01 am
By: Caleb Califano

Metro healthcare workers will be showing their support for the black community after the death of George Floyd at the state capitol Friday. The demonstration is called White Coats for Black Lives.

The goal for the White Coats for Black Lives rally is to show solidarity with the black community, bring awareness and have dialogue about the impacts of health and healthcare workers.

One metro doctor says Friday will be a time to discuss health disparities and problems in the black community and how improvements can be made.

She says many healthcare workers are the first to see someone who's been affected by police brutality.

She's also seen many younger people come into her practice suffering from anxiety and depression due to police interrogation and overall fear, while at the same time dealing with the stress of COVID-19.

She emphasizes another main goal is to show the healthcare community cares about black lives. Not just with their voices, but their actions.

"We want you guys to care. We want you guys to meet with your police chief, mayors and representatives. This to ensure that black and brown people are not being interrogated. That they are not losing their lives," said Dr. Noor Jihan Abdul-Haqq from Peace of Mind Pediatrics.

Friday's event starts at noon at the capitol near the south lawn, organizers say to bring a mask and please practice social distancing.