‘White coats 4 black lives’: NHRMC staff takes knee for George Floyd

NHRMC staff honors George Floyd on June 5, 2020 (Photo: Philip Brown/ Facebook)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Dozens of doctors and medical staff at New Hanover Regional Medical Center took a knee outside the hospital Friday morning to honor George Floyd.

NHRMC Chief Physician Doctor Philip Brown posted a video on Facebook Friday morning of the demonstration at the hospital’s fountain.

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Brown said they have a dedicated staff and there is a huge commitment to health equity.

“Health equity is not something that we can have as long as injustice prevails,” Brown said. The racial tensions are not new, but it’s long past time to change them and groups like us are here to show support.”

Brown said more than 100 doctors and medical personnel participated. After a few words from Brown, everyone was asked to be silent for eight minutes and 46 seconds to honor Floyd. That is the same amount of time a former Minneapolis Police Officer had his knee on Floyd’s neck. Most of them took a knee for that time.

Some of the staff held signs using the hashtag “White coats 4 black lives”.

On the post, Brown said:

“NHRMC providers stand against ongoing racial inequities in our society that impact the health of our patients #whitecoats4blacklives #blacklivesmatter”