During the last several weeks, the injustice toward the Black community has once again come into sharp relief. The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are only some of the most recent examples of the injustice experienced by Black people in the United States. We affirm the statement by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration on behalf of its member accredited Schools. We stand against systematic racism and systemic injustice against Black people in the United States. We stand for human dignity and social justice for all, and we affirm that Black lives matter.
As a school devoted to promoting the values of public service and good governance, we will do more through our teaching and research to eradicate racial injustice not only in criminal law enforcement, but in wealth, educational opportunity, access to healthcare and housing, community investment, employment, and all other aspects of our society. Not only has the marginalization and mistreatment of members of the Black community persisted nationally, but here in our own university, as we learned through the students giving voice to these problems through #BlackatMizzou. As we read through these poignant and disturbing instances of bias and discrimination happening in our midst, we are reminded of the need for continual diligence in the fight against racism at Mizzou. We will do better.
It is clear these issues need to be at the top of the public policy agenda. It is incumbent on the Truman School to remain vigilant in ensuring all of our students can learn in an open, inclusive, and safe environment. In educating future public servants, the Truman School also has a role to play in ensuring our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to dismantle structural racism and promote inclusion, diversity, and equality in our institutions and policies.
In order to ensure we do our part to effect sorely needed positive change, the Truman School faculty and staff pledge to do the following:
The intergenerational effects of racial discrimination have created systemic, interconnected, and complex problems. A concentrated and holistic effort by government, and society as a whole, is necessary to build a more just nation and create true equal opportunity for all. The Truman School is eager to be a part of moving our nation forward in these efforts.
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