Global Studies Statement on Anti-Black Violence
We, the faculty and staff in the Curriculum in Global Studies, stand with protestors throughout our state, across the United States, and around the world who have risen up in calling for an end to anti-Black violence and white supremacy deeply embedded in the structures of our society. We grieve the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arboury and the countless other lives lost due to this pervasive racist violence.
The fact that people are going to the streets en masse even in this time of a global pandemic that has disproportionately and disparately sickened and killed people of color, potentially risking their health and personal safety, is itself an indication of the gravity of the situation. We stand with these protestors denouncing the systematic brutality of the police, particularly towards Black men and women; the valuation of property and profit over lives; the militarized response to democratic protests, and the inflammatory rhetoric and narratives of many including the president of the United States. Those protesting in cities across this country and around the globe, and those suffering from the systemic threat to their lives are members of our families and communities; they are OUR students, faculty, and staff. We owe it to them and to this historical moment to devote serious and immediate attention and engagement to these events, affirming our part in the effort to achieve justice and human dignity for all people.
We also recognize that UNC Chapel Hill itself has ongoing work to do to address our own legacies of injustice and white supremacy. We recognize that UNC was built on land originally inhabited by the Eno, Shakori, and Occaneechi tribes, where until recently a confederate monument placed a shadow over campus, and where Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people are underrepresented amongst students and faculty alike. The Curriculum in Global Studies affirms its responsibility to our students and the wider community to call out, contextualize, and bear witness to these horrific acts and to actively work to dismantle racism and white supremacy, while also affirming a deep belief in our shared humanity.
For specific anti-racism resources and materials, please refer to this helpful guide from the UNC Office of Diversity & Inclusion.
We are also aware of the physical, mental, and emotional toll that these recent events have had on members of our UNC community. We strongly encourage all students, faculty, and staff to practice self-care and access appropriate campus resources linked below as needed: