STATEMENT FROM MORE THAN LUPUS
"As we at More Than Lupus wrestle with the merciless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others, our desire is to be a community who hurts with the hurting, and who listens, learns, and acts. We are committed to engaging in critical and authentic conversations about race, racial equity, and the history of race relations in our country, in hopes to better understand historical injustices impacting people of color and expose racism embedded in our medical institutions and beyond.
Over the last two years, More Than Lupus has presented talks on systemic racism, medical injustice and minority inclusion that featured trusted community leaders. It is our desire to boldly continue these conversations, and strive to interrupt racism with courage and intentionality.
During this important moment in history, we are asking for your help in partnering with us, to choose courage over comfort as we seek ways to improve our understanding of how structural racism privileges white people while compromising the health and well-being of BIPOC. Together, we can and must find ways to grow in unity with our BIPOC brothers and sisters in the lupus community near and far.
One way to support our efforts is to join our campaign the #TheLupusButterflyEffect. The Lupus Butterfly Effect is a platform of awareness and advocacy presented by More Than Lupus that breaks the silence about racism by working to educate and eradicate misinformation about BIPOC, continue to challenge our institutions, and show love through our actions.
We hope through this work, that each small flutter of love will create a ripple effect of change, so that we can, as Maya Angelou stated, “know better and do better” not just for our generation, but for all future generations as well."
More Than Lupus
Please take a moment and watch Dr. Edith Williams discuss the works she is doing to improve the lives of African American women living with lupus, and Dr. Brian Gibbs speak about race relations.