In Response to the Violence in Charlottesville

Dear Members of the GSE&IS Community,

 

We write in solidarity with people of good will in Charlottesville, Virginia and everywhere as hate, racism, and xenophobia again rears its ugly head.

We emphatically assert that hate in all its iterations stands in binary opposition to the ideals and values that animate our work at GSE&IS. We deplore the calculated and organized use of terror fomenting divisions and hatred.  Further, we unequivocally assert that hate and terror are life-thwarting and an anathema to the pursuit of human flourishing inherent in all teaching and learning.

Writing in an earlier troubled-time, Hanna Arendt stated, “Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest — forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries.”

In the face of the sheer insanity of Charlottesville, we as scholars and educators stand for the humanitarian ideals, inter alia, the valuing of our common humanity, the pursuit of civil discourse, the respectful exchange of ideas, and the empathic listening to the views of others. We categorically reject the venomous claims of Neo-Nazi, white supremacists, and other hate groups as inimical to the values of an open and free society.

We mourn the loss of life, destruction, and terror over the weekend in Charlottesville.

We are all Charlottesville.

 

Sincerely,

 

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco

UCLA Wasserman Dean &

Distinguished Professor of Education

 

Tyrone C. Howard

Professor

Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Director, UCLA Black Male Institute

 

Dr. Jody Z. Priselac

Associate Dean for Community Programs

Faculty, Teacher Education Program

 

Christina Christie

Chair, Department of Education

Professor, Social Research Methodology

 

Jonathan Furner

Chair, Department of Information Studies

Professor, Information Studies