Black Lives Matter movement: The time for nice words and good intentions is over

David Isaacs, William O. Tarnow-Mordi, Juanita Sherwood

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Abstract

George Floyd was brutally killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25th 2020. Chauvin stared emotionlessly as he knelt on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes 46 seconds, while Floyd who was handcuffed gasped ‘Please’, ‘I can't breathe’. Onlookers pleaded with Chauvin to stop, but did not dare stop him. Chauvin's brutality was presumably linked to his underlying personal, institutional and systemic racism. His violence was likely enabled by his world view of George as less than human. His act encapsulates racism as defined by many national bodies including the Australian Medical Association.1 What can those of us who care for children learn from this event and how can we contribute to meaningful change?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1327-1329
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume56
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2020

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