The American Anthropological Association has a firm commitment to grow beyond its historical roots and be the change in equity, inclusion, accessibility, and diversity that we want to see in the world. This involves our advocacy for improved understanding of equity in society and overcoming the inequitable treatment of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) colleagues and voices in anthropology.
The hundreds of thousands of people who have taken to the streets in recent weeks have once again sharply focused public attention on the need for law enforcement to be reminded that Black Lives Matter and that systemic change is needed. We call on allies and supporters within the field of anthropology to reflect on “clear and concrete measures” that can be taken to counteract the toxic effects of whiteness in the settings where anthropology is practiced.
As part of this effort, AAA recognizes and supports #ShutDownAcademia / #ShutDownSTEM, a grassroots movement with a goal to “transition to a lifelong commitment of actions to eradicate anti-Black racism in academia and STEM.” We hope this will create a moment to stop what we are doing, take time to listen to our mentors, colleagues, and students, and commit ourselves to enduring changes for the discipline.