BMC’s Yawkey building doors are now closed as an entrance as part of our ongoing efforts to enhance our campus and provide you with the best clinical care.

All patients and visitors on our main campus must enter our hospital via Shapiro, Menino, or Moakley buildings, where they will be greeted by team members at a new centralized check-in desk before continuing to the hospital. We are excited to welcome you and appreciate your patience as we improve our facilities.

Performative Activism


Defined as activism that is done to increase one’s social capital rather than because of one’s devotion to a cause. A person who is taking part in performative activism would rather let it be known that they are not racist (sexist, homophobic, etc.) rather than actually seeking to change the racist structures within our country. Can also be applied to allyship.


  • Many corporations fall into this category to gain positive publicity, for instance, putting rainbows in their logos and sponsoring LGBTQ Pride parades, while at the same time, donating significant amounts of money to legislators who are actively working to diminish the safety and human rights of LGBTQ people. 
  • Performative activism is saying one thing, and continuing to make the same harmful choices and actions. It is lacking the humility and self-reflection to assess how you are contributing to injustices, whether intentionally or not, and what changes are required by you. While posting on social media is important and sometimes an accessible first step in one’s journey, continued growth and action are inherent to being an ally. 
  • “If you are not implementing your newfound education on racism in real-life environments and not just on social media, then you are not an ally.” 

Real allyship and activism requires taking on some risk and being in solidarity with those who are facing injustice. 

See ally.

  1. The Dangers of Performative Activism - VOX ATL
  2. Performative Activism is Basically Silence. Here’s Why. (