Black Lives Matter: A letter from USU Anthropology Faculty
Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends,
The Utah State University anthropology program stands with those who are fighting to end systemic racism and inequality in this country right now. We condemn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmed Aubery, Tony McDade and countless others who have not been afforded their humanity because of the color of their skin, their place of origin, their religion, gender, sexuality, or ethnicity. We affirm that Black Lives Matter. That we benefit from an institution that stands on stolen Shoshone land. And, as a program, we will work together to change practices that serve to marginalize any of our Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other POC students, both within our program, department, and the university at large, as well as in the Cache Valley and statewide community.
We recognize that many of our students may be feeling distressed at this time. There are protests and ongoing violence in the streets, and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our daily lives disproportionately impacting BIPOC lives. Please seek out help in any way that you can. Reach out to friends, family, professors, anyone you can trust. Find ways to turn off momentarily and recharge. There are also emotional and mental health counseling services available remotely right now through Counseling and Psychological Services; additional support can be found through The USU Inclusion Center.
For those of you looking for resources to educate yourselves or to turn to at this time, we will post some on our social media sites, and also recommend seeking them out on your own. Many great reading and multimedia lists have been put out. Below is one from NPR. You may also want to visit the Black Lives Matter website for further background on the movement.
The USU Anthropology Faculty