Fanning Center Statement on Racial Injustice

Author: Amanda McKendree

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The Fanning Center for Business Communication believes all life is equal and must be valued as such. The recent killings of African Americans, part of an ongoing pattern of brutality and violence, are an all too painful and constant reminder of America's historical treatment of black lives. Systemic racism in this country has perpetuated bigotry and hatred toward black and brown people. Those of us with privilege cannot continue to stand silent while others are stripped of their dignity and treated as less than equal. Our Center has always put equality at the forefront of our code of communication ethics:
  • We strive not to judge one another, but instead to practice openness toward each other and the speakers we work with through acceptance and respect for diversity.
  • We will create an atmosphere of sensitivity by demonstrating an awareness of all areas of diversity and being accountable for our actions.

We affirm our commitment to using our voice and to encouraging others to use their voices to stand up against racism and the conscious disregard for human life. A collective voice will lead to collective action.

In the spirit of our commitment to others, we have posted several resources on our website that focus on engaging in difficult conversations around race and equity.

By sharing these resources, we hope to contribute to the ongoing conversation that is necessary for change.