As faculty of the Department of Anthropology & Archaeology at Dickinson College, we stand with thousands of protesters across the nation and world to denounce the murder of George Floyd and all of the Americans of color who have died in the hands of police violence and racism including Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Monika Diamonds, Tony McDade, Amadou Diallo, Kofi Adu-Brempong, to name only a few.
As members of the American Anthropological Association we aim to reaffirm our commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and human rights. We stand in solidarity with the Association of Black Anthropologists who call on their non-Black colleagues to actively work towards the dismantling of white supremacy and institutional racism through our teaching, scholarship, advocacy, mentorship and practice. This importantly includes recognition of anthropology’s disciplinary history that contributed to racist justifications of colonialism, slavery, and oppression of indigenous, black, and other people of color. We reaffirm our commitment to confronting this history and actively teaching, learning, and engaging with our community in ways that promote anti-racist thinking and action.
As part of this effort we encourage contributions to several programs fighting on the ground to combat economic, social, and racial inequalities in our own community and across the nation, and to support the on-going protests and political actions needed to see changes in policy regarding policing of black communities.