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Condemning Hate and Taking Care of Our Community

A Message from President Elaine C. Collins:

Dear NVU Community,

Today, I am filled with profound sadness and deep concern over the hatred and violence that most recently rocked the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. George Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer on May 25 was, tragically, not the first such death in our country. It is the latest devastating addition to a long list of marginalized people whose lives were ended far before their time.

We must face these events with the recognition that unconscious bias, white supremacy, and systemic racism are not qualities of our past. They are present in our society every day. Keeping this in mind, it is important to affirm NVU’s belief in a community that takes action to celebrate all people and embrace a plurality of ideas and experience. When we see someone hurting, we step in and help. NVU denounces the rhetoric and actions of white supremacists and hate groups. We stand in solidarity with all those who reject acts of hatred and the use of fear to intimidate and marginalize. Let us also stand in solidarity to condemn violence and bigotry. Finally, let’s stand united in support of each other.

If during this time, you feel anxious, overwhelmed, or unsafe, text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8253) for confidential support.

Additionally, I humbly offer the following An Antiracist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi published recently in the New York Times. Kendi offers this list to help America transcend its racist heritage.

With deep sadness and unending hope,