On the chilly morning of June 6 atop Cherry Hill, the medical neighborhood of Seattle, hundreds of medical providers and workers gathered together at a street intersection in the middle of a global pandemic. White Coats for Black Lives is about upholding equality in the medical system.
For those out there during this troubled time, if you’re like me, you’re grieving. You’re grieving your future prospects, you’re grieving your job, you may – god forbid – even be grieving for an actual loved one. You’ve cried multiple times a day already, frustrated by the lack of control, the injustice that you’re living in, and possibly fearing more injustice that is to come. Or perhaps you are more numb than anything, paralyzed and not sure what your next steps are or if they matter.
I’m so sorry for all of your losses, I am grieving too. And I am SO angry! But it is through this anger that I am choosing to keep going. And you must keep going! Do what you need to do, fight every step of the way, apply for everything that you might qualify for. Make the phone calls, try as best you can to figure this all out. That is what I will be doing as well, and what Rebel Med will be doing. Hopefully, we will all be standing together. Rebel Med and myself, Phonexay Lala Simon will be here for you!
I will be back with a vengeance to serve my community. Even if with nothing more than moral support and guidance. Remember that if you are reading this, you have a computer, you have access to resources, and that is more than a lot of people! Remember that if it takes a goddamn PANDEMIC! to break you, then all you know how to do is get up again. And you will get up again! So let yourself break, and then glue it back together with gold. Walk one foot at a time, let the tears fall where they will.