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The American Anthropological Association stands in solidarity with the academics participating in #ScholarStrike, a collective action against police violence on September 8th and 9th. With the shooting of Jacob Blake and others by police, and the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, also by police, we fully support the strike and the #ScholarStrike affirmation that “We can no longer sit quietly amidst state violence against communities of color.”
Further, the AAA also supports the faculty members currently fighting systemic racism in their own colleges and universities. We call on our colleagues to take a leading role in the teach-ins and apply their professional research, scholarship, and practice to overturning the deeply entrenched institutional sources of race-based inequality that are barriers to a more just and sustainable world. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are an integral part of what it means to be human and what needs to become “systemic” in our society.
AAA is offering the following resources in the hope they will provide anthropologists and others with the tools they need to have open and fact-based conversations about race in their communities.