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A Statement Regarding the Violence at the US Capitol

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January 7, 2021

Yesterday’s violent storming of the US Capitol was terrifying and disheartening. It was also the culmination of several years’ worth of indifference to a festering climate of fear and hate, foretold by anthropologist Sarah Kendzior among others, whose seriousness was discounted or dismissed altogether by too many people for far too long. Today is a day of reflection and contemplation, about anti-racism and social justice, about scholarship and activism, about the importance of equitable, inclusive democratic institutions, about making the world safe for difference. But it is not only a one-day affair; it must live on and grow in strength. Today we must redouble our commitment to using our scholarship, practice, and teaching and, together, advance us on the path towards a more just and sustainable world.



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