Petition to Designate Racism in America as a Public Health Crisis and Call for a National Dialogue on Racism in America

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Whereas America is currently experiencing a national struggle for racial equality and justice to overcome 400 years of racial disparities for Black Americans and

Whereas African-Americans have historically (400 years) suffered from a number of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual disparities disproportionate to the rest of the nation and

Whereas these disparities include but are not limited to the following: high-rates of morbidity, mortality, obesity, cancer, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, STD, HIV, AIDS, illiteracy, homelessness, unemployment, poverty, crime, violence, incarceration, alcohol, drug-abuse, and suicide and

Whereas these racial inequalities have created health disparities for African Americans at a disproportionate rate, which has caused many healthcare providers across the country come to the conclusion that racism in America is public health crisis and

Whereas The United States has created one of the best healthcare systems in the world and

Whereas members of the healthcare profession seek to provide just and equitable health care to all patients and

Whereas The University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System is a national leader in healthcare and

Whereas we the undersigned members of the University of Pennsylvania Healthcare Providers, pledge to use our influence, prestige, power and authority and create a planning committee to organize, design and distribute this petition nationwide to all healthcare providers, patients, all citizens, and supporters both within and outside of the country and

Whereas these healthcare providers would include but not be limited to the following: private practitioners, nurses, hospitals, medical centers, health clinics, nursing homes, hospices, veterinarians, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, pharmacists, medical technicians, laboratory technicians, medical researchers, therapists, dentists as well as the schools and training centers that teach these professions, their trainees and students, as well as all United States citizens and supporters both within and outside the country and

Whereas we will conduct this drive for a minimum of twelve months across the nation to enlist the signatures of all citizens in America and supporters of this effort both inside and outside the country and

Whereas at the end of this drive we will present our findings to the leaders of the United States Congress, Senate, and President for them to recognize racism in America as a public health crisis and create a national structured dialogue across America on the issue of racism in America, which we believe are the necessary steps to begin the racial healing within the nation.

#RacismDialogueUSA W.D. Palmer
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