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SPARCC Stands in Solidarity with Racial Justice

Released June 4, 2020

We are grieving the senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and the uncountable more who have lost their lives to white supremacy. We acknowledge that systemic racism is deeply rooted in the history of this country and that white supremacy manifests itself every day in the lives of Black people.  The pain being expressed across the nation and the world right now is only a fraction of the pain felt and endured by Black people every day. As an initiative of multi-racial groups of people, we stand in solidarity with those demanding change, our Black colleagues, and Black people no matter where they live.

Through our work and in our personal lives, we continue to address the systemic inequities borne from the deep seeded racism in our world. We will continue to assess and seek to rectify the white dominant cultures and leadership of each of our institutions. We also know that we must dig deeper into our personal and professional work to undo the systems that perpetuate racism; to continue as we were is not enough.

We stand in solidarity with our SPARCC partners in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Memphis, and the San Francisco Bay Area and with the demonstrations across the U.S. and many other countries. We are committed to upholding anti-racist principles, shifting power to Black communities, and interrogating the power and privilege that we hold throughout our collective work. 

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