Statement on Behalf of Concerned Students
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***This statement is intended for students of UGA.
We, the concerned students of the University of Georgia, offer this statement in opposition to the normalization of hate and fear, and in support of marginalized persons and groups across this state and this nation. Throughout the election season, on social media, in public appearances, and in writing, President-elect Donald Trump has endorsed violence, has mocked persons with disabilities, and has espoused prejudice against Latino/as, Muslims, and other marginalized communities. We believe such actions and statements demand a response from people of conscience.
We stand against President-elect Donald Trump’s hate speech, and his denial of climate science, defense of rape culture, and pledges to register people based on religious faith and forcibly remove undocumented members of our community.
We believe that we are a stronger country—and that our university is stronger—when we are united: inclusive of people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, socioeconomic positions, immigration statuses, religions, and abilities. We condemn racism, white supremacy, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, ableism, sexism, sexual assault, and acts of hate and intimidation in all forms. We support and stand in solidarity with those persons and groups targeted, marginalized, or otherwise threatened by the rhetoric, actions, and politics of hate.
We recognize that the University of Georgia is a vibrant, diverse community of scientists and scholars committed to the collective project of education and the production of knowledge. In this spirit, we call on the University of Georgia to stand with its student body by making a public statement in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump's hate speech and the acts of violence and hate crimes emboldened by his rhetoric. If, as UGA President Jere W. Morehead noted in his Thanksgiving Message, the University is focused on creating “an even more connected and nurturing academic community for everyone,” the University's leadership must join students in denouncing violence and hatred. We believe that a University community opposed to hatred, intimidation, and fear is necessary to the mission of academic excellence and the advancement of knowledge.
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