REFLECTION ON NATIONAL TRAGEDIES
We at the Race & Pedagogy Institute along with our Community Partners Forum share the sense of horror, outrage, grief, and anguish at the brutal killing of Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones, two Black victims who were killed at a grocery store in Louisville, Kentucky on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 and Jewish worshipers at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania Saturday October 27, 2018.
We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families in Louisville and in Pittsburg and join in mourning the loss of their loved ones. We also offer as a mark of our solidarity with our Jewish communities and as a recognition of the devastating continuum of violence, hatred, and terrorism against Black communities, our renewed commitment to expanding our continued, deliberately collaborative work with all people of goodwill to advance our common cause of justice for all.
Together we can and we must confront and confound the direct actions and structures of evil and hate, and intimidation.
Let us unite to demonstrate that we are better than both these more recent expressions of evil and hate and the violent histories which foreshadow them. These hateful acts are assaults on our shared humanity. We reject these actions. We stand together to reaffirm our common bonds, resilience, and commitment to radically re-imagining our sense of justice and vision of liberation.
Dexter Gordon, PhD
Director, Race & Pedagogy Institute
Distinguished Professor, African American Studies and Communication Studies