Repudiate Hate, Bigotry and Violence

by
March 19, 2021

Dear Campus Community,  

Our flags on campus are at half-mast today in mourning for eight people brutally murdered in Atlanta earlier this week. Evergreen stands united with everyone grieving the loss of eight lives, of which six were Asian women.  

We must confront racially motivated violence and call it by its name. The threadbare excuses of economic anxiety or sexual addiction are intolerable.  This is violence that de-humanizes, terrorizes, and traumatizes. We cannot accept this assault or other acts of violence and hate directed at Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities, women, or any group of people. It is profoundly and terribly wrong. 

This is a time to recommit our college and ourselves to building a community, nation, and society that repudiates hate, bigotry, and violence, and works to honor, care for, and cherish each individual. We must reflect on our nation’s history of racialized and gendered violence and consider how we can bring about positive change. 

Jacob Longaker recently announced that Evergreen’s First Peoples Multicultural, Trans and Queer Support Services will offer a community conversation on unlearning racism on Tuesday, March 23, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, with Hannah Simonetti.https://evergreen.zoom.us/j/86009729054. I encourage all to join this.

First Peoples Instagram offers tips to productivelyengagein conversations and actions about anti-Asian violence, and you can read the latestStop AAPI National Report here. And consider engaging with, among others, theNational Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, theNational Queer Asian Pacific Islander American FederationandAsian Americans Advancing Justice. 

Please take a moment to read Evergreen-Tacoma Dean Marcia Tate Arunga’s “Statement of Compassion” sent via email to staff and faculty on March 18  

As we grieve for these lives lost, we must be part of a positive wave of action and change, which our humanity demands.  

George