Healthcare workers around metro Atlanta, country kneel for 8 minutes, 46 seconds

Healthcare workers around metro Atlanta kneel for 8 minutes, 46 seconds

Healthcare workers on the frontlines in the fight against the coronavirus rallied for a different cause Friday afternoon.

Hundreds gathered on the Emory University campus, outside Grady Memorial Hospital and at hospitals around the country for “White Coats for Black Lives” rallies.

“It hurt me because years ago in 1992 when I was a senior, I protested for Rodney King,” Dr. Voada Ware said. “Now, I’m here as a physician once again protesting the injustices that are here.”

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Channel 2′s Carol Sbarge attended the demonstration at Emory.

The campus has been empty for months because of the coronavirus. But for a little while, the quad was full of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers showing solidarity.

“I’m here today because I’ve had it. I’m done. People’s lives are being lost for no good reason,” Dr. Karla Booker said.

Everyone took a knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds - the length of time a Minneapolis police officer had his knee on George Floyd’s neck.

“The things that I tell my children, that I have to explain myself. The things I’ve had happen to my husband. The times when we’re stopped and judged,” Ware said. “It’s not until I tell them my profession that it stops.”

For months, the country has rallied around healthcare workers as many deal directly with the COVID-19 pandemic. This time, they are the ones rallying.

One doctor said racial disparity in healthcare is something she also wants attention paid to.

“We see what’s going on with COVID and how the black community is hit worse," Dr. Barbara Joy Jones said. “What’s going on here in America today and all over the world, this racial disparity doesn’t just stop with police brutality. It actually permeates the medical community."