GSF Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

The faculty and staff of the Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies Program are outraged by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery, alongside countless other victims of anti-black police and vigilante violence. We stand in solidarity with those who protest anti-black violence, systemic racism, and white supremacy, and who gather together to demand freedom, justice, and self-determination for all peoples. We condemn the violent and lawless response of the police to those protestors. 

Anti-blackness and racist violence are integral to the maintenance of racial hierarchies, class inequality, gender oppression, homophobia, and transmisogyny in our society. Effectively addressing those interlocking systems of oppression requires recognizing and dismantling anti-blackness as it is expressed through, but not limited to, policing. Ending the systemic racialized violence of policing is just one step. We must also confront anti-blackness as it functions in all social institutions, including our university and academic disciplines. It is the responsibility of the powerful and privileged, including and especially those who wield the privilege of whiteness, to bear as much of the burdens of that work as possible and to be prepared to listen, labor, and follow.

List of Suggested Readings:

  • Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  • Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex”
  • Angela Y. Davis, Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement
  • Joy James, Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender, and Race in U.S. Culture
  • Joey Mogul and Andrea Ritchie (ed.), Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States
  • Beth E. Richie, Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation
  • Andrea Ritchie, Invisible No More: Police Violence against Black Women and Women of Color
  • Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty
  • Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith (ed.) with Forward from Cece McDonald, Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex
  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation