Jun 18, 2020

We support without qualification the movement for Black lives and the recent global protests over systemic inequities and state-sponsored terrorism by police and other para-military forces. This systematic racism has led to the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, themselves the latest instances of such state-sponsored killings of black people over the last four hundred years. We condemn these acts and the racist institutions that propagate them.

As a department, we know that eradicating racism requires a systematic effort—we all have a role to play. Thus, we register dissent not only with our voices but also collective action, including our research and teaching.

As students, staff, scholars, educators, and colleagues, we accordingly commit to anti-racism at the level of pedagogy and policy within our department and the university.