To the Members of the Baruch College Community:
In response to the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and those unheard, the members of the Coalition to Undo Racism at Baruch (CURB) stand in solidarity with those who experience the ravages of racism and reiterate our position that all forms of racism are against our humanity and mission at Baruch.
We recognize and call out how oppression, inequality, systemic racism, and police brutality not only affect the individual, but the entire Black community. The fabric of racism was inextricably woven and constructed into the founding principles of the United States. And racism thrives through current policies related to every aspect of life: health, education, housing, criminal justice, economic, food, social, environmental, and military.
Racism was done and it can be undone through effective anti-racist organizing and by holding ourselves accountable to the communities most impacted. The past and current trauma inflicted on the Black community and communities of color by our society must be recognized, addressed, and stopped.
We see the hurt, anger, exasperation, frustration, and fear; we stand with you. We are sending a strong message of solidarity and support to our students, colleagues, co-workers, and community members: we will not be silent regarding the protests that are occurring and their immediate and underlying causes.
Together, let us use our collective power to raise our voices to acknowledge the violence that is a daily part of Black lives. As a community, let us commit to giving voice to our outrage, dismay and sadness. Let us commit to addressing the underlying inequities that allow the violence to persist. Let us commit to examining how our community can do better to support our students, staff and faculty who are victims of individual and institutional acts of aggression. We commit to give unwavering support to Black lives and livelihoods. We issue a challenge to everyone reading this to examine their roles and complicity in white supremacy and encourage them to embrace anti-racist beliefs, principles, and actions.
We, as members of the Baruch community, stand with the thousands of people nationwide condemning the actions of police violence towards the Black community. In our loudest collective voice, we yell to the Baruch community, BLACK LIVES MATTER.