GWS Statement on Black Lives Matter

We are living through unprecedented times. This is a moment in which the world has been forced to confront the impact of racism, gender violence, and state-sanctioned violence in the United States and globally.

2020 has been a year of hypervisible racist murders, including lynchings and police homicides, along with a global pandemic; all of which disproportionately affect the Black community. We declare these health crises are intertwined, and the resulting protests are a visual representation of collective rage against interlocking systems of oppression.

The GWS department at UIC understands that the murder of George Floyd is not an isolated incident, but the continuation of a racist violence that stems from American slavery. We have always believed that Black lives matter, and we rage over the murders of George Floyd, Atatiana Jefferson, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Laquan McDonald, Rekia Boyd, and countless other Black individuals.

Our mission is grounded in the idea that racial, sexual, and gender justice are intrinsically linked, meaning that the disenfranchisement of Black people is a feminist issue. We are a feminist unit that continues to be dedicated to uplifting the intersections of race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, and ability. Our department is a home to have meaningful and generative conversations about social justice, empathy, and mobilization with academic rigor.

We actively work to be a space of healing for the UIC community and beyond, and we remain committed to supporting those active in the struggle for social justice.