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AAP Acknowledges Racist Past

August 2, 2020

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released Wednesday a formal policy statement  acknowledging and apologizing for past racism against Black pediatricians. The statement is powerful and painful and includes verbatim transcripts from early AAP Executive Board minutes, which lay bare racist attitudes and beliefs of early AAP leaders.

MNAAP President Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, FAAP, encourages all members to read the statement: “On behalf of the MNAAP, I want you all to be aware of this very important decision made by the national AAP to apologize for its past history of racism in its early history. I believe this is a very important step for the AAP to take as we all move to becoming anti-racist and acknowledge past racist behavior.”

AAP is committed to dismantling various forms of racism now and in the future – and so is MNAAP. MNAAP will be discussing and sharing important next steps in the weeks and months ahead. To join in this work, please email

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