Black Faculty and Staff Association

Black Lives Matter

 

Dear Black Faculty and Staff Association, 

It is with a heavy heart that we, on behalf of the BFSA exec board, write today. As African American educated members of this community, we are outraged, appalled, and are beyond frustrated by the recent demise of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others.  Simply put, Black Lives Matter – they always have and always will.  

We are outraged, angered, deeply hurt, and disturbed by these events because we could have been like George Floyd, under another police officer’s knee and perhaps met a similar fate. As parents, we are constantly reminded that in raising the next generation of leaders, they must venture into a world where it is unsafe for them to exist. They, like us, are in a world where our mere existence could be a recipe for disaster, simply because of the color of our skin. 
 
As people living and working in Wilmington and the UNCW community, we struggle to make sense of an environment where racism, as well as racists comments and behaviors, are normalized. Micro and macro-aggressions are an everyday occurrence, rather than the aberration from the norm. We recognize that we have a moral and ethical obligation to raise the concerns of our community, be the voice for the voiceless, and take a stand against injustice regardless of the circumstances or timeliness. 

Therefore, as BFSA leaders, we unapologetically and unequivocally write to serve notice that we stand with you, our Black/Brown brothers and sisters, in the struggle for racial equality and the Black Lives Matter Movement. We explicitly condemn the historical and systemic racism that severely and adversely impacts our communities! We acknowledge the pain and suffering of our communities forced upon us nationally, regionally, and on our own campus. We pledge to continue to unwaveringly fight for what is right and just for us all! We are committed to the Black Lives Movement - saving Black lives from long-standing systemic racism, oppression, and suppression, and real injustices, like police brutality and micro as well as macro-aggressions in various settings.

Know that our doors (physical and virtual) are open, our ears perked, and feet planted firmly in the call for social justice and uplifting of our Black faculty, staff, and students within this community.  Again, our hearts ache for George Floyd, his family, and all of us who are victims of racist oppression and violence. We are here for you and are thankful for all of those individuals who stand with us in declaring, affirming, and working toward positive racial change. 

We enthusiastically and loudly affirm that Black Lives Matter!


In peace and love,
BFSA Exec Board