Earlier this year we made the commitment to the Black members of the Nurx community to use our platform and resources to better demonstrate we are here for you and stand in solidarity with those fighting against violence, racism, and systemic oppression.
One small way we’re voicing our support is with the sticker you’ll see in your next package, making clear to you, our patient, that we believe Black Lives Matter and we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
#BlackLivesMatter was first founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer and the movement’s mission is to eradicate racism, systemic oppression, and violence inflicted on Black communities – creating a society where every Black person has the social, economic, and political power to thrive.
As a company that is committed to addressing healthcare inequality, we believe it’s our responsibility to speak out against the ways that racism leads to injustice in our healthcare system. Race and ethnicity can play a significant role in determining whether someone has health insurance, sees a primary care provider, can afford healthcare costs, and uses preventive services. These disparities have life-or-death consequences:
- Black women are 4 times more likely than white women to die during childbirth.
- Black people make up nearly half of all people living with HIV in the U.S.
- Black people are three times as likely to be infected with COVID and twice as likely to die of it in comparison to white people.
If we truly want to bring change, then we need to get uncomfortable, face the facts, and address all of the ways that racism leads to systemic oppression in our society – including unjust health outcomes.
That “Black Lives Matter” should go without saying, but as long as such serious racial inequities exist, we’ll keep saying it — and hope you will join us.
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