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Message of Solidarity: All Black Lives Matter


The Anthropology Committee of the Whole stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and reaffirms its commitments to Black students, faculty, staff, communities of color, diverse genders, and sexual orientations more broadly. We are deeply saddened and angered by the ongoing practices of police brutality and anti-Black racism in the US and around the world. We strongly and unequivocally condemn the murders of Manuel Ellis, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Joshua Brown, Justin Howell, Sean Monterrosa, Jamel Floyd, Collins Khosa, Eden Armando Babari, Ronny Wandikand and so many sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers. We mourn with their families and join the multiplicity of voices calling for justice, freedom, and equality. 

Our support for the Black Lives Matter movement aligns with the first principle of our discipline, to do no harm. On the one hand, upholding this means acknowledging the complicity and complacency of anthropology in the production of racial typologies and global systems of social, political, and economic exploitation and oppression. On the other hand, it also means recognizing the contributions of Black, Indigenous, and anthropologists of color. It means building on this work and the work of allies to decolonize knowledge production and transform anthropology and the academy. 

This work begins at our own university, which sits on Native American lands. We acknowledge the academy is a hierarchical institution where anti-Blackness and discrimination can and do arise. We know that we must do better as a community of scholars to contextualize these inequities and facilitate sustained commitment, thoughtful collaboration, and purposeful actions. As anthropologists we take responsibility for applying the methods and approaches of the discipline to expose and challenge deeply embedded, global systems of white supremacy and racism. 

Now is a time to come together to plan a path forward. As faculty and staff, we are committed to working with our students and colleagues to develop a collaborative plan of action on campus and beyond. We stand firm in our resolve that all lives cannot matter until all Black lives matter. 

Sincerely,
Committee of the Whole (COW) 
Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies at CWU

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