The Department of African American Studies stands in solidarity with the Asian American community. The horrific violence in Atlanta and across the country reveal the depth of hatred and resentment that threaten to overwhelm this country. Our hearts go out to the victims of this anti-Asian violence and we condemn the ideology that gives it life.
We also recognize, respect, and uplift all of the Asian American organizing that explicitly rejects carceral solutions as the answer to anti-Asian violence. Many Asian American organizations have expressed outrage at the way mayors have used the Atlanta murders, for example, as a pretext for increasing police forces. We know that what ails this country requires so much more of us and that falling back on old methods will only deepen the crisis.
Finally, as scholars and educators, we commit ourselves to creating deeply inclusive and respectful classrooms. We believe that a liberal arts education can only achieve its highest purpose if all members of our community are valued and protected.