We join our community and nation in mourning and outrage over the horrific killings of Black individuals, including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Atatiana Jefferson, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, and countless others at the hands of vigilantes and law enforcement. We acknowledge that violence against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) is not unique to 2020. We also recognize that we are in the midst of a pandemic that has disproportionately affected communities of color, both in diagnoses and deaths, and that our country was founded on stolen land and built by the forced labor of enslaved people. Structural racism in criminal justice, education, the economy, healthcare, and other systems are embedded in the fabric of our nation.
For over 25 years, MSU Safe Place has worked to ensure the personal safety, welfare, and dignity of those who experience relationship violence and stalking within the MSU and greater Lansing communities. We know that interpersonal violence is, at its core, about one’s desire to gain and maintain power and control over another person. In that same vein, racism and other forms of oppression manifest in personal interactions and systems designed to benefit those in power and to harm those who are not.
Our work with survivors of relationship violence and stalking cannot be separated from anti-racism work. We recognize that all forms of oppression are connected and that we must work to dismantle power and control in relationships, systems and institutions. We must seek justice against all forms of oppression and actively promote a culture of anti-racism wherever we can.
We are committed to supporting the voices and priorities BIPOC communities. We are actively taking steps to examine our own privilege and recognize our role in the systematic oppression. If you haven’t already begun to engage in the fight for racial justice, we encourage you to look into the resources below. If you have begun this journey recently, or have been on the front lines for years, we thank you. We recognize that the fight for justice amid a pandemic is exhausting; it is an endless process that includes the acknowledgment and awareness of privilege from white people, listening to voices of those harmed, and concrete actions. As we work toward these goals, please remember to take breaks for self-care, as we work together to create a better world for all people.
MSU Safe Place
Anti-Racism Resources for White People, curated by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein.
Futures Without Violence – Anti-Racism Resources: http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/health/racism
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine – Anti-Racism Resources: https://cvm.msu.edu/about/diversity/msu-resources/anti-racism-resources
Hate Has No Home Here – Community Pledge: https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3PCR1KiIjfZz4Gh
PALS Approach to Interrupting Bias: https://inclusion.msu.edu/…/BIC-Tips5-InterruptingBias-PALS…
Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com
Black Lives Matter – Lansing: https://www.liberationpac.org/blmlansing