Published: 11th June, 2020
We in the University of Leicester UCU are appalled and outraged by the murder of George Floyd and by the systemic structures of racism in the United States that have created, maintained, and advanced police brutality and violence against Black lives. We deplore all violence against Black lives in the United States and the UK. We send our love, solidarity, and support to George Floyd’s family and friends, and support those marching for justice across the world and our Black colleagues. We affirm that Black Lives Matter.
We call for the University to act on its pledges, and work with us in identifying and addressing the institutional racism that is around us. Examining and changing existing structures and bureaucracy, and those who control them to be more inclusive of different perspectives in relation to teaching, learning and power. As Audre Lorde pointed out:
For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.
We demand, both of the union, and the University, that together, we work towards creating an anti-racist society and anti-racist institutions by taking the following steps:
If you are a Black member of staff or student, we want to hear from you and support you. We affirm that now and forever, Black Lives Matter.