Today, the world watched as guilty verdicts on all counts was read in the trial of Derek Chauvin. While this verdict is a profound moment and offers some resolution for the trauma experienced by the family and loved ones of George Floyd and our nation, our work is not yet complete.
The death of George Floyd was a tragic moment that opened many Americans’ eyes, while reminding others of the injustices faced by far too many people, especially Black Americans. Our nation still grapples with systemic racism and its results, from discrimination and injustices to health inequities. In fact, we have seen inequities play out during the pandemic, with communities of color facing worse health outcomes from COVID-19.
Systemic racism wasn’t created overnight, and the solutions to dismantle racism will also not be solved overnight.
The American Lung Association joins all communities to recognize and embrace the work that will be needed to achieve a more just future, in which every person has the opportunity to lead a full and healthy life.
We are committed to listening and engaging with individuals, communities, partner organizations and public health entities to create a more equitable world.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.