Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter
Unless the racism is addressed and eradicated in the places you are looking to make ‘diverse,’ you are simply bringing people of color into violent and unsafe places.
Rachel E. Cargle
Over the past days, weeks, and months, both the university and country have grieved for George Floyd and the numerous violent murders our nation has witnessed at the hands of civilian police. Their deaths are evidence of a continued and systemic culture of oppression and injustice at the heart of this country’s many bureaucracies and social structures. Police brutality is but one tragically visible example of the many ways in which our society actively terrorizes its Black citizens. Honors College staff and faculty at Texas State University are deeply saddened by these tragedies and recognize the pain, angst, and fear felt by Black students on and off campus.
The Honors College has long maintained a commitment to promoting both diversity and inclusion, while working toward ending inequality in our country. We do not tolerate racism, prejudice, hatred, or violence in any form. We need to do more. In the spirit of those who have come before us, we will not be silent, and we must address the root causes that have driven communities across the nation to protest as one in the days since George Floyd’s murder. For too long, a persistent culture of racism and inequity has created barriers to opportunity and access for Black Americans at every level of society. Just days ago, one of our own TXST students, Justin Howell, was critically injured by a police officer while exercising his first amendment right in an Austin protest. The Honors College stands in full support of President Trauth’s recent words on the incident:
Black Lives Matter. It is not debatable at Texas State. Justin Howell’s life matters. Black lives matter in our classrooms, on our campuses, and in the streets during tumultuous protests. They matter every moment of every day, no exceptions, no debate. I am committed to the struggle for their dignity, humanity, rights, voice, and safety.
The Honors College hears your cries for change. We encourage you to care for one another, and to acknowledge the pain and exhaustion we all face in this moment of national emergency. Each of us must do our part to help our campus, community, city, and nation come together to confront systemic anti-blackness in American society. The Honors College believes firmly in the transformative power of education for curing society’s ills. As a collection of diverse educators, learners, scholars, and researchers, the Honors College is committed to taking meaningful and productive action to continue the work for racial justice and equality in our campus community.
Your voices and contributions are essential as our campus and our country push forward. The Honors College pledges to continue and expand its current efforts towards the twin goals of diversity and inclusion on the Texas State University campus. We want to provide spaces where students of color feel safe enough to communicate their needs in this historic time, and we encourage all of our community members to put in the hard work to end racial injustice as allies. Please contact the Honors College at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 512-245-2266 to speak with a staff member directly, and please keep an eye out for information on the Honors College’s important upcoming initiatives.
We must do all we can to speak out against racism and violence in our society.