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Anthropology Statement on Racial Justice

Statement on Racial Justice The Department of Anthropology stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter June 3, 2020

Jun 04, 2020

The McMaster University Department of Anthropology stands in solidarity with those engaged in the struggle against anti-Black racism today and every day, and mourns the unjust deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Ahmaud Arbery, and many more Black lives taken over generations. We acknowledge our complicity in white supremacy, which is not merely individual racist acts, but an enduring structure that facilitates and normalizes the inequitable distribution of violence, death, police brutality, and dispossession in North America and globally. In this moment, we recommit ourselves to research, teaching, activism, and learning that deepen understanding of all systems of oppression that are interlinked and woven into global and Canadian society, especially the twinned systems of settler colonialism and anti-Black racism. We also rededicate ourselves to the work of addressing the ways that deeply entrenched structures of white privilege, racial taxonomies, and Indigenous dispossession are constitutive of our own discipline of Anthropology and academia more broadly, and toward building alliances and solidarities across difference in meaningful ways that do not appropriate, exploit, or tokenize people, identities, and ideas. We stand with our Black students, faculty, staff, and community members in these painful times.


Today and every day, BLACK LIVES MATTER.