We at SMARTMD mourn our brothers and sisters lost out of prejudice, injustice, and darkness that our nation has extracted on our Black citizens. Our Black communities have been systematically marginalized and victimized with hatred, violence, and indifference. Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor along with many other Black people died at the hands of our society and it is our fault. It is our fault for not looking inward and reflecting as individuals, as a society, as a nation that liberty and justice for all means for all Americans. It is not enough to simply stand by and be silent on these injustices; it is time to speak up and make the changes that should have always been in place.
Our United States of America is based on the ideology that all people are equal. On January 31, 1863, our United States government promised full and complete rights under our Constitution for all citizens, and by June 19th, was finally implemented across all states. Even though the law was passed, we have failed to fulfill these important and inalienable rights, and in our failure to do so none of us is fully able to experience democracy, freedom, pursuit of happiness and enrichment of our communities.
Black Lives Matter is not a movement. It is not a slogan. It is a human rights crisis. Black Lives Matter is an obligation to right the wrong and to assure safety, equality and justice for our Black communities. We must support and we must act.
SMARTMD is committed to Black Lives Matter as professionals and individuals. SMARTMD recognizes Juneteenth as a national day of remembrance to end discrimination and for all Americans to live freely. The struggles and sacrifices our forefathers made to give us freedom, with the belief that all lives have equal value without racial inequality.