As pediatricians, we have committed our lives to assuring the well-being of all children. We have taken a stand against health hazards such as childhood poverty and gun violence. However, when it comes to race-based violence, we have remained silent.

Although the Academy has provided resources on toxic stress on its website (http://bit.ly/1R7RAU9), additional advocacy, education and action need to be initiated, given the recent series of race-based deaths. It is time for us, as pediatricians, to take a strong stand against the violence that is claiming the lives and sense of security of our young black patients.

Pediatricians occupy a strategic position between families who fear race-based victimization and the medical establishment charged with protecting all children. As providers within complex systems, we understand that broken systems often pose a greater threat than the imperfect people within those systems. A systems-level problem must be addressed with systems-level...

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