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Anti-Racism Statement

“It takes love and it takes more than love. I write this with all the love that I am, and more.”
Risë Kevalshar Collins, BSU Creative Writing Major

Black Lives Matter.

We in the Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing Department at Boise State stand in solidarity with those who are bravely making their voices heard, in protest and in grief, following the devastating murder of George Floyd and many other black and brown people before him. We recognize that systemic racism permeates American society from its foundations to the present. America is at a critical juncture, and we vow to be part of the change that will positively impact the lives of all. Racism is overt, covert, and systemic. We are called upon to make more than a change, but to make a transformation.

We grieve those who have lost their lives due to ignorance and hate. We feel this national moment deep within ourselves, for racism is about all of us. Racism degrades our society and our dignity and our humanity. As a community of artists and scholars, we are committed to examining our own biases and privileges, with humility and integrity, addressing ways in which we can improve ourselves and give forward to others in our world. We vow to heed the words of Angela Davis, that it is not enough to be non-racist; we must be anti-racist. We will take an active stand against supremacy, terror, bigotry, and hate. We will strive to create a just world, to level the playing field, and to give access to those who have been systematically denied throughout our nation’s history of oppression.

We stand for diversity, equality, inclusivity, kindness, and compassion. We are committed to transformation.
As part of this movement, we vow to:
1. Examine our own actions and make changes within our hearts, our homes, our educational systems, and our community;
2. Foster open dialogue within our department;
3. Actively seek applicants of color for full-time and tenure-track teaching positions;
4. Actively seek students of color to join our community as both undergraduate and graduate majors;
5. Participate in and host community events related to promoting equality and social justice;
6. Create works of art that address injustice;
7. Listen with the intent to understand and take appropriate action;
8. Stand and speak and write and take action against racism in any form.

We join with the rest of Boise State University to condemn all acts of racism, discrimination, and intolerance. We stand by these words from our first black President in response to the senseless murder of George Floyd: “It falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station…to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of racism, bigotry, and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.”

Black Lives Matter.

Signed, in grief and in hope,
The Department of Theatre Arts, Film, and Creative Writing at Boise State University