The faculty of the Expository Writing Program join Black Lives Matter in condemning the institutional and systemic racism that contributes both to inequality and to the anti-Black violence that is historically rooted in US slavery, segregation, and the prison industrial complex, violence which has long taken the form of murders of Black Americans, from the lynchings of the 19th and early 20th century to the well-documented cases of the past decade. We stand with those who protest and fight these racist structures and systems internationally, nationally, and locally.
Acknowledging that the intersectional impact of anti-Black racism falls most heavily upon those Black bodies vulnerable to multiple forms of identity-based discrimination (non-binary, queer, trans, disabled or undocumented persons), and that Indigenous, Latinx, Muslim, Asian, and Jewish voices have long resisted White supremacy, as educators who embrace anti-racist pedagogy we now join more vocally and purposefully those who have been demanding accountability, reform, and justice.
As a program serving primarily first-year students, we work collectively to undo the systemic racism and White supremacist thinking entrenched in secondary and higher education that centers White and other normative values and language. In order to empower student writers as researchers, critical thinkers, and compassionate human beings, we are committed to anti-racist and inclusive pedagogies that create equitable modes of learning for all students and that value all languages spoken and written. In our curricula, our classrooms, our offices, and our online classes, we strive to honor these commitments.