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Statement from the Faculty of Social Sciences denouncing anti-Black racism

We, in the Faculty of Social Sciences, denounce anti-Black racism in Canada, the United States and our local community and University contexts.

Jun 04, 2020

We vehemently support the Black community and grieve with them over the ongoing violence, harm and indignities they endure at the hands of prejudice, bigotry, ignorance and complacency.

We support the public statement of the University, and the public statements made by our colleagues in the African Caribbean Faculty Association at McMaster, the President’s Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community and Indigenous members at McMaster. We thank these groups for their boldness and encourage our community to amplify their messages. 

We stand in solidarity with social science researchers, educators and students for whom anti-Black racism is part of their lived experience. We understand that people are in need of support in this challenging time, whether that be accommodations, mental health support or message amplification. We are committed to supporting them and the important work they are doing and to keeping the community apprised of the work we as a Faculty are undertaking to address these longstanding issues. 

Working with the Equity and Inclusion Office, we will continue to critically examine our professional and educational practices through a lens of white privilege, from hiring, to curriculum development, to how we engage as colleagues and educators in our everyday activities.

As social scientists, we have a personal and professional responsibility to speak out against injustice and critique societal systems. We commit to doing so humbly, acknowledging the lens of white privilege that exists and listening to our Black colleagues, students and alumni who present ideas for eliminating the myriad forms of prejudice, bigotry, ignorance and complacency present in our communities.

There is much more work to be done to educate ourselves and our community on racism. We stand as allies with the Black community.

Sincerely,

Jeremiah Hurley
Dean of Social Sciences