Statement of Solidarity

In light of recent events – the Covid-19 pandemic, the ongoing violence against Black, Brown, Asian and Indigenous communities in the US and elsewhere – we feel the need to take a stand as a department against issues of racial injustice and inequality. We stand in solidarity against racism, inequality and white supremacy on our campus and in the larger community and nation.  

A Pledge to Teach and Act

As anthropologists, we know that racism is not a disordered state of mind that “lingers” or is “residual” in a few individuals.  We instead recognize it as a systemic structural support for the flagrantly unequal distribution of resources, rights, and life chances in contemporary America. We also recognize that it is more urgent than ever to teach this to those who do not experience its deleterious realities every day. To that end, we note that there are a number of courses being offered across CAS in the fall that address racialization and its effects both in the United States and elsewhere. And we pledge as a faculty to make our classrooms a place where students and faculty can and will talk about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and other victims of racialized violence and injustice.

At the same time, we must enact the undoing of systemic racism. We join with the African American Studies department to ask that the University administration take direct action in favor of Black and anti-racist organizations in our community. We also encourage faculty and students to consider a number of individual actions. The BU Student Government and the Black Student Union, Umoja, are hosting a fund-raiser for Black Visions Collective, Campaign Zero, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. You can donate money at this link. Blacks Lives Matter Boston, along with a number of other organizations, coordinates and amplifies local and national direct action efforts. Black Lives Matter also has a website with Ways to Help, including signing petitions, calling or texting politicians, and protesting. In addition, Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an Anti-Racist” is an especially valuable, accessible text for those looking to learn more about challenging white supremacy.

We care about each other

We care about people holistically as a core element of our educational philosophy. We worry about and try to protect each other’s well-being, safety, and dignity. We therefore denounce any expression or act of racism, misogyny, or other hatred, and we will continue to promote values of inclusivity and justice in our community.