Africana Studies Executive Committee’s Statement on the events in Charlottesville, VA
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The UTK Africana Studies Program executive committee in no uncertain terms condemns the violence of white supremacists that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11th and 12th, 2017 at the University of Virginia and led to the death of 3 people. We also condemn efforts by white nationalists, Nazis, and white supremacists to intimidate and terrorize people on college campuses.
We recommend that people who are interested in learning more about why these incidents occurred at UVA to refer to these recent essays:
The University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Institute of African American and African Studies Director’s Statement in Response to the Events of August 11th and 12th, 2017
The Illusion of Progress: Charlottesville’s Roots in White Supremacy
Charlottesville and the Effort to Downplay Racism in America
The Charlottesville Syllabus
We stand in solidarity with the faculty and staff of the University of Virginia Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American and African Studies, the faculty, staff, and students at the University of Virginia, the town of Charlottesville, and with the families and friends of those who lost their lives and were affected by racist violence.
UTK Africana Studies Program Executive Committee
Carolyn R. Hodges, Chair
Bertin M. Louis, Jr., Vice Chair
Dawn Duke, Vice Chair