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Racial Justice Statement

WGSS Program Statement in Support of Black Lives and Protests Against State-Sanctioned Violence and Discrimination

June 12, 2020

The faculty of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Stockton University, like so many around the world, are saddened and outraged by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade at the hands of police, murders that represent the tip of the iceberg of state-sanctioned violence and discrimination against Black citizens. We wish to add our voices to those of the National Women’s Studies Association in denouncing these killings, in connecting them to  “structural racism and systemic violence rooted in white supremacy, racialized heteropatriarchy, capitalism, militarism, imperialism, and the carceral state” (NWSA), in supporting protesters, activists, and all who are fighting for change, and in calling for resistance, solidarity, and justice.

As members of the Stockton community, we stand with student and alumni leaders and activists, and pledge to follow the lead of BIPOC colleagues and students in setting institutional priorities and responding to our students’ very legitimate fear, trauma and anger. As an academic program, we renew our commitment to intersectional analysis and pedagogy and commit to more deliberately engaging in antiracist assessment, teaching, pedagogy, and activism among ourselves, with our students and in our communities. We understand that Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies programs, and white feminists in particular, have much work to do to address the racism within our disciplines and our complicity with racist structures, and we pledge to do that work.

We call upon Stockton University to ensure that its dedication to supporting Black Lives Matter, as articulated by President Kesselman in his June 6th  statement, is explicitly anti-white supremacy, anti-rape, and anti-violence in relation to women, trans/queer, and disabled communities, as well as BIPOC, immigrant and all communities.

In solidarity,

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Program faculty