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There are 4 comments on President Brown: “We Grieve for Our Country”

  1. Maybe it’s an opportunity for some real leadership here, including to ask questions about why it is that almost all US universities and colleges employ their own police forces? Right now, that seems like an imperative — because we see, yet again, the ways in which the police do not work in the interests of all people, but also because we are supposed to be taking a serious look at the costs that contribute to the University’s expenses.

    What could be more meaningful than striking out ahead of the crowd on an issue like this, and framing a thoughtful set of arguments about the role of the police in our country? That’s just one element of the injustice that we see each day, but it would be a powerful place to start.

    What if, five years from now, the money spent on policing goes instead to supporting those students who have historically been excluded, deliberately or through negligence?

  2. It is a sad state of affairs when affluent academics who know nothing about the suffering of ordinary people preach about tolerance and racial equality.

    For the last 20 years, academia has fostered profit over education. It prefers to educate foreign students over underprivileged minorities and acts exactly the opposite to what they preach.

    What percentage of racial minorities are in higher administration and among faculty?

    It is time step down from the the pedestal. We have all failed and it is time for a new beginning based on honesty, true tolerance and opportunities for all.

    Racial minorities need our honesty and opportunities, not our appeasement. They were wronged by the 1960’s generation with their failed ideas, empty promises and self-promoting agendas.

    We need new leaders, new ideas, and new modern academia.

  3. Some questions for President Brown. How do “we rely on our police more than ever” during COVID? During these protests? The problem is that they do NOT feel like “our” police and that the history of the police force has NEVER “belonged” to people equally or granted them equal safety.

    What is this: “We will defeat COVID-19 using science and our collective will. We must commit the same will and energy to defeat systemic racism. We must reject the forces in our society that are driving us apart and commit ourselves to creating a just society. In the current troubled climate, I believe our commitment to restoring our residential campus is made all the more important by the divisions in our country. We are working nonstop to restore campus operations for the fall and will shortly make more detailed announcements about this effort.”

    Are you suggesting that “science” and our “collective will” agree on putting everyone back in dorms during a pandemic that has not yet peaked? Is “science” sure that the virus will not worsen in the Fall? Why is opening the university framed as an act of brave racial equality here? There is nothing here about what BU will do for the Black community, or how it will justify its statue in honor of MLK Jr. during this crisis. Are you donating money or resources to Black communities disproportionately affected by COVID and police violence, or is this non-statement meant to make students and parents of students feel better about donating money to you?

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