Standing Together Against Injustice
Our hearts are breaking over the tragic and senseless killings of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery on the streets of Georgia, and Breonna Taylor in her own bed in Kentucky. As I wrote in a message to our law students on Friday, the law school shares in the national grief and outrage surrounding these terrible incidents of brutality against Black Americans. Tragically, these are just the most recent examples of a horrific history of violence toward and discrimination against people of color in this country.
To our alumni, students, faculty, and staff of color and your families, we stand with you during this difficult time and always. We deeply value you and your contributions to the legal community and to our world at large. We mourn with you, and we are here to support you in any way we possibly can. Now more than ever, we must all reaffirm our commitment to inclusion, diversity, justice and compassion for each other.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor matter, and as a legal community committed to advancing the cause of justice, we cannot be silent.
Dean Jennifer Collins
Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law