As James Baldwin noted, “The paradox of education is precisely this–that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.” Black students, faculty, and staff, while we may be physically distant, it is time for us to unite.
To UO Black students, we encourage you to speak your powerful truth while remaining safe. When you can, employ your talents as an outlet for your frustration and find ways to hold your governments accountable to take a stand against the systems and people that allow these atrocities to continue every day around the country.
Black faculty and staff, you are also not alone. It is OK to feel exhausted, angry, ignored, and hurt. Let’s lean on each other in advocacy and care for each other. We are committed to stand united as we support one another, our students, and the Black community.
We are our ancestors’ wildest dreams. We are not a monolith and know that this statement does not capture all our experiences or views, nor is it the end of our work. This is a conversation and change movement that has existed long before us and will continue in the wake of this present moment. Let’s use our collective voice to create change and positively impact UO’s current and future Black students, faculty, and staff.