AAPI Solidarity Statement

AAPI Solidarity Statement

The faculty of our department strongly condemn the mass murder of Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyu Feng on Tuesday, May 16, 2021.  This incident has added to the accumulated trauma from the growing number of tragic attacks targeting Asian people in this country in recent years, and the even longer history of systemic discrimination and violence targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, as well as other underrepresented groups in this country. We share in the mourning of the victims and offer our condolences to their families and loved ones. 

We want to express our sympathy and solidarity to every one of our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander colleagues, students, family members, friends, and neighbors. Our society clearly has enormous work to do in order to confront the problems of racially motivated violence, gun violence, and violence against women. We recognize that, as political scientists, we have a responsibility to foster awareness and critical reflection on the history of oppression in its many forms, including misogyny and racism targeting the AAPI community. 
In addition to other commitments that we have made to tackle issues of systemic racial and ethnic bias, we as teachers and scholars commit to redoubling our efforts to address these issues through the following steps: 
• Continue and expand our efforts to promote understanding and dialogue through our series on race and politics series with a special session devoted to AAPI experiences, and especially a gendered perspective on these issues;
• Expand our offerings on the AAPI experience by developing a new course offering on Asian American politics for our departmental catalog, with a core curricular designation that will help to educate undergraduate students from across the campus; 
• Devote space in our syllabi, class discussions, advising, and service to help address recent and long-standing discrimination against the AAPI community. 
Acts of hate and intolerance targeted at any particular social group are an affront to every single one of us. We often talk about American values in terms of our rights and liberties. But just as essential to our beliefs, our way of life, and our system of democratic government are the principles of tolerance and respect for the dignity of every human being.

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