Standing in Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement
The Psychology & Child Development Department stands in solidarity with the movement for racial justice. The recent murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery are the latest in a long history of anti-Black violence.
For those of us who are not Black, it is imperative to educate ourselves about white supremacy and police brutality. We should not ask those targeted by racist acts to do the additional labor of educating others. We recommend reading anti-racist books, the 1619 Project, and syllabi developed in response to police brutality.
Along with continuing to educate ourselves, we must act. As Angela Davis said, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” For white people, this can range from individual to group actions. Members of all communities can show up for racial justice in many ways, from getting involved in the political process to challenging anti-black racism in our communities.
Finally, as we continue in our fight for justice and equality, please remember to engage in community and self-care. Self-care is critical following racial trauma. Know that you are not alone--we will do this work with you through our individual classes, service, and scholarship to help fight for justice, equity, and inclusion. Black lives matter.