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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Department Statement on Racial Injustice

This is a difficult time for many, none more so than for our students and colleagues of color. The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others have reminded us, once again, of the wildly different experiences of criminal justice in America faced by persons of color. Despite efforts, racial struggles persist. We observe evidence of this ongoing struggle in disproportionate arrest rates, criminal punishments, and sadly the deaths of Black people at the hands of police.

Our society has an intractable history of racism and oppression. These lived realities are confirmed by research findings in our respective fields: that racism results in inequalities and biases in education, health care, income, hiring, promotion, voting, child welfare, and others--all problems exacerbated by the recent pandemic. All of these disparities must be addressed to fully create a society in which Black lives matter.

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work stands in solidarity with those fighting for social change to end the abuses endemic to racism. To our Black students and colleagues who have felt isolated, angry, and hurt by racism on campus, know that we are here for you. We do not tolerate any racist or oppressive behavior towards individuals who are #BlackatKState and will hold the campus community accountable for misguided conduct.

We all have a duty to make our world safer and more just. It's going to take all of us working together for real change to happen. During these hard times, we call on everybody, especially on those who are White, to educate themselves and act.

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