Fort Worth, Texas,
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June
2020
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12:09 AM
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Official Statement from Cook Children’s regarding Racial Bias

June 1, 2020 - Cook Children’s believes in a culture of inclusiveness and diversity. We encourage empathy and understanding of how others feel and guidance for issues we don’t fully understand.

Racism and violence leave a lasting and negative impact on our nation and our world. We are especially concerned about the impression these events leave on our children, as this is wholly contrary to the very Promise that every child’s life is sacred that Cook Children’s vows to fulfill.

Racism and prejudices of any kind are social determinants of health with impacts that can last throughout the person’s lifetime and harms our community and the families we care for on a daily basis.

Collectively, we share in grieving the loss of George Floyd and countless others who have suffered in similar ways and we worry about the effects these actions will have on our children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these three strategies that parents can use to help their children deal with racial bias:

  • Talk to your children and acknowledge that racial differences and bias exist.
  • Confront your own bias and model how you want your children to respond to others who may be different than them.
  • Encourage your children to challenge racial stereotypes and racial bias by being kind and compassionate when interacting with people of all racial, ethnic, and cultural groups.

We strongly encourage tolerance and understanding for all, and we understand the importance of moving forward in a spirit of love and community.

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Liz Barriteau
02
June
2020
Many of our hearts are deeply saddened and hurt by these reoccurring tragic events. Thank you for these kind and wise words.
Susie Gostkowski
03
June
2020
I am proud to be a part of an organization who actively speaks out against racism and the harm it imposes on the very population we promise to serve-our children. Let us teach our children to celebrate all skin colors that they may value equality for all humans. There is hope for all, but I feel the biggest hope lies in our children.
Sonya Johnson
03
June
2020
This issue has affected some of us on a deeper and more personal level than others. In my opinion, it would be a good idea to offer sensitivity training regarding the recent events involving George Floyd and the several other victims of injustice due to racial bias. It has been tough to process. Thanks for this statement and for the attempt to shed some light on a very sensitive subject.
Brittany Brigham
09
June
2020
Mr. Floyd has brought some clarity to a situation that some of your staff deal with everyday. I do agree that it may be a great idea to offer sensitivity training. There is no perfect time to talk about these situations. However, it has to be done. It will not only make our culture better at work, it will make us better people. It has been a very tough process to have to go through time and time again. Thank you for the statement and adding light to a sensitive situation.