Step Up or Stand Down

Step Up or Stand Down

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Zach Steward started this petition to UMass Amherst SGA Speaker Julia Fox, Chair Prabhu Rajkumar, Chair Kyle Kendall

Over the summer, tweets were brought to the attention of SGA Speaker Fox that pointed to a veiled racism from one of the chairs soon to be under her charge, Prabhu Rajkumar. One such tweet was a response to a statement from then candidate-Biden where he said "Dreamers are Americans. Period." Chair Rajkumar's response was "No, they're not, they broke the law to enter and are an insult to those who legally entered such as myself". Speaker Fox told him to delete them, and then proceeded to hire him after the fact. These tweets were brought to her again in a letter addressed to her and the SGA's Legislative Branch. Her response has been lackluster at worst, and at best represents serious neglect and an attempt to cover up racism to keep her position. In a meeting with students to discuss the tweets, the letter, and next steps, Chair Rajkumar was not there and did not answer for his actions. Speaker Fox denied knowing of the tweets before approving Chair Rajkumar and claimed that "he'll be held accountable by the anti-racism trainings and future dialogues".

As of the writing of this petition, Speaker Fox has not reached out to students and explained herself beyond this quote. Chair Rajkumar hasn't apologized for the harm caused, and hasn't met with students yet. Chair Kendall has repeatedly made anti-BIPOC statements such as how students should not have gone to the media to discuss the situation, attempting to police the way students of color deal with racism. He also refused to say what he would do to uphold anti-racism, and has not reached out to students he harmed to apologize personally. 

Under Speaker Fox, the Legislative Branch of the SGA has not made anti-racism a priority, and as such this petition is asking her, Chair Rajkumar and Chair Kendall to step down from their positions. The SGA cannot truly do everything it can to make BIPOC and other minorities safe on campus with individuals such as these within it. 

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