Statement on Racial Injustice
As COVID-19 has upended life across the country, it has also exposed and amplified patterns of racial inequality that have a deep and long history. And now, on top of a pandemic, we are confronted with a string of incidents of racial violence that simply cannot be ignored.
Sadly, these events are not isolated incidents. They are a reminder that our nation has much work to do in addressing systemic racism, discrimination, and inequality. That work is needed everywhere, including here at Stanford. Stanford Global Studies is committed to working together to recognize and address global structural inequalities and racial injustices, and finding ways to build communities that are respectful, supportive, and inclusive.
This is a challenging time for many, but especially for people of color, who have suffered injustices for so long and who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Our thoughts are with the students, faculty, and staff members in our Black communities, and our other communities who confront the realities of inequality and discrimination. While we cannot possibly understand the pain, sadness, and trauma they are feeling, we stand with them in support and solidarity.
Jeremy M. Weinstein
The Sakurako and William Fisher Family Director of the Stanford Global Studies Division