Statement of Solidarity for Black Lives Matter


Statement of Solidarity 

SF State University Department of Asian American Studies

May 2020

 

The Department of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University mourns the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others and extends our deepest condolences to their families, friends, and communities.

In solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters, we condemn the police brutality and white supremacy that engenders our nation’s system of violence, mass incarceration, and racial disparities.  We acknowledge our complicity in this system, and pledge to dismantle these structures that oppress and exploit communities of color.

Our own history as an academic program is rooted in the concept of Third World liberation and solidarity. Along with the Black Student Union, the student-organized Third World Liberation Front engaged in a six month strike for Ethnic Studies over fifty years ago. In that same spirit, we stand with those protesting against racism; we organize for community empowerment and self-determination.

Asian American Studies will educate our students to challenge anti-Blackness, to understand America’s racist history, to practice solidarity, and to embody social justice.

 


 

Click Here for Associated Students' Letter in Solidarity and Support for Black Communities within and Beyond SF State [Resources Included]