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Message of Solidarity and Call to Action

Dear UA Anthropology Community,

The School of Anthropology stands in solidarity with the millions of people around the world who have spoken out, taken to the streets, and raised their fists in condemnation of white supremacy. We are in solidarity with those who have suffered exclusions and violence not just in recent weeks, but across the long history of the United States and around the world. Black Americans have endured centuries of brutality at the hands of the state, and in the name of profit. As we collectively mourn the murder of Mr. George Floyd, Ms. Breonna Taylor, and Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, and are spurred to action in their names, we also recognize that their murders are but the most recent and most visible in a long and terrible line. We must work to recognize and address police violence, as well as structural racism and violence in all its forms—including those in educational spaces such as our own.

Statements of solidarity are important, but they are not enough. We know that talk without action is an insult to the people of color in our community, and ultimately to our integrity as scholars, researchers, students, and others committed to a more just world. We know that historically our discipline has played a unique role in authorizing racist beliefs and policies. A commitment to changing the future requires an honest reckoning with that past and reflection on the present.

Members of the School of Anthropology have formed an ad-hoc committee to develop a plan of action to address systemic racism within our community. We welcome additional faculty, staff, and students from the School of Anthropology to join us as we articulate a vision and plan for change within the School, and work with others in our university and community to see them realized. Please join us by sending your contact information to Rayshma Pereira (rpereira@arizona.edu). You will be added to a listserv used to share further information and resources.

Anthro News publication date: 06/12/2020