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SUNY Downstate students join nationwide ‘die-in’

December 11, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A group of more than 30 SUNY Downstate medical students participated in a die-in Wednesday morning to protest the failure to indict police for the killings in New York and in Ferguson, Mo. Photos by Samantha Yarmis
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More than 30 SUNY Downstate medical students on Wednesday participated in a 45-minute ‘die-in’ demonstration at the SUNY Downstate Health Science Education Building in Brooklyn. Students at dozens of medical schools across the country participated in similar protests on Wednesday.

The students were rallying against grand juries’ failure to indict police for killings in New York and Ferguson. The students said they also hoped to spotlight systemic racial bias as a public health issue.

We as medical students feel that this is an important time for medical institutions to respond to the violence and race-related trauma that affect our communities and the patients we serve,” the students wrote in a statement.

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“We feel it is essential to begin a conversation about our role in addressing the explicit and implicit discrimination and racism in our communities and reflect on the systemic biases embedded in our medical education curricula, healthcare system, and society at large. We believe these discussions are needed at academic medical centers nationwide,” said the students.

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