Published: February 9, 2021
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By: Christian Johnson, Tarleton State University
During the session I learned that, even the black doctors trying to help police officers and protesters during the protests were targeted and put into dangerous situations. After experiencing hate and injustice at the protests, Dr. Brian Williams originally didn't want to go to the press conference prior to the protests, because he himself had been hurt physically-if not mentally. Dr. Brian Williams had to think about the consequences of if he was to speak up against the racial injustice he had encountered. He had thoughts of if he were to lose friends or if he were to even lose his job. Dr. Brian Williams wants to see justice pertaining to the healthcare industry. He also believes that if there is no racial injustice then there would be no healthcare injustice. The core values that we share at our University, makes Dr. Brian Williams believe that Tarleton has high expectations of its students. If we are to “show up, stand up, and speak up” then there will finally be change in our society. Dr. Brian Williams believes that our generation's goals are supposed to continue to make a positive difference pertaining to dealing with the social and racial injustices. He also believes that we are the leaders of the world now. We have the power to change the world that we live in. In order to achieve justice, we have to show up for and as our authentic selves. We can have fear, just as long as we don’t let that fear have us so stuck that we can't act.