AFTA stands in solidarity with those protesting pervasive anti-Black racism, those keeping vigil in the face of unrelenting racial violence, and those for whom the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd are the echoes of an unbearable, generations-old pain.
We decry the state-sanctioned devaluation of Black life and the terrorization of Black families and communities perpetrated by law enforcement and vigilantes. Our collective mourning of lives lost to the COVID-19 virus is marked by our outrage at the disproportionate death toll suffered by Black Americans.
We honor the courage modeled by those marching, shouting, kneeling, writing, singing, praying, weeping and surviving their grief and their rage.
We bear witness to the suffering of our Black colleagues during this brutal time, and are awed by their strength and courage as they continue to show up as healers, teachers, leaders, friends and loved ones.
As a community of clinicians, researchers, and educators, we reaffirm our commitment to actively seeking out opportunities to expose and disrupt the machinations of white supremacist ideology in all its forms; structural, institutional and interpersonal.
AFTA holds the unequivocal truth that Black lives matter.
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