Department of Communication, History, and Philosophy Statement of Solidarity

DC-Protest-photo, Photo credit: Tyrone Turner/WAMU
Photo credit: Tyrone Turner/WAMU

The Department of Communication, History, and Philosophy (CHP) at Texas A&M University-San Antonio stands in solidarity with those protesting the murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020. We join with numerous academic departments and professional organizations across the nation expressing our sympathy to the family of Mr. Floyd and condemn the ongoing pattern of institutionalized racism and violence against African Americans in the United States of America that has existed from slavery to freedom under state-sanctioned laws and white supremacist beliefs.

According to the American Historical Association Statement on the History of Racist Violence in the United States (June 2020), our nation has “shown a reluctance not only to learn our own history but to learn from it, which helps to explain why we continue to witness—and set aside as exceptional—egregious forms of human-rights abuses in case after case.” Too often, “those trusted to enforce the law have … acted lawlessly, while too many civilians have acted with the tacit approval of law enforcement in targeting African Americans just going about their daily lives.” In a free and democratic society with individual rights, as we so often proclaim to the world, it is simply un-American and morally bankrupt to keep turning a blind eye to official or extralegal violence targeted at African Americans and other racialized minorities in the United States.

We support and seek to advance research, teaching, and service that critically analyzes institutional racism in our own society and across the globe in order to fully understand the complexity of the past and present. The words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., remind us that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” and that “a riot is the language of the unheard.”

For official statements from the National Communication Association, American Historical Association, and American Philosophical Association, see the following links below:

https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/OfficerLettertoMembersinSolidarityandSympathy.pdf

https://www.historians.org/news-and-advocacy/aha-advocacy/aha-statement-on-the-history-of-racist-violence-in-the-united-states-(june-2020)

https://www.apaonline.org/news/510827/APA-board-and-GSC-issue-statements-condemning-racist-violence-and-police-brutality.htm