The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) released a statement on Monday regarding the death of George Floyd and its aftermath.
The statement reads:
“The American Academy of Ophthalmology deplores the senseless death of George Floyd and others under similar circumstances. We also abhor their tragic sequelae—violence, injuries and loss of life. We know that our patients and colleagues share anger, sadness and frustration over these recent events.
The Academy is committed to inclusion, to the richness of a diverse society, and to the principles of human dignity and societal equality.
The profession of ophthalmology and individual ophthalmologists are committed to providing compassionate, equitable, and outstanding care for all patients and communities. We rededicate ourselves individually and collectively to that mission and to building a society of fairness, justice and opportunity for all. There is no place for racism.”
Anne L. Coleman, MD Academy President
Tamara R. Fountain, MD Academy President-Elect
George A. Williams, MD Academy Past-President
David W. Parke II, MD Academy CEO
for the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology