School of Law Statement, Action Against Anti-Muslim Bigotry
Friday, December 11, 2015
Posted by: Jordan Uhl
Photo by Flickr user Gage Skidmore
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Washington, DC—Dear Community:
It is with horror, sadness and anger that we have watched the national conversation on the response to terrorism become dominated by racial and religious hatred. The extreme statement and proposals by Donald Trump and others have been met largely with a muted response when loud and relentless condemnation is required.
The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law is a diverse community and we value each member. Our differences in race, religion, gender, place of birth, sexual orientation, and other qualities are our strength and what makes us great. When Muslims are attacked and their well-being threatened, it is an attack on all of us and a threat to all of us. As a community we stand together.
This message is not in and of itself an adequate response. Our mutual commitment to justice demands more and as a community we need to discuss what other action to take. But it is important to start with a recognition that some among us are being subjected to an injustice and an expression of our support.
As a beginning, we have signed on to the MoveOn campaign to call upon our politicians, leaders, and the media to stop the spread of hate and division, and to stand with any community that is targeted by hateful rhetoric and violence. You can join the pledge #WeAreBetterThanThis at https://wearebetterthanthis.com.We look forward to further conversations about what actions we can take as a law school and as a community.
Katherine S. Broderick, Dean
Vivian W. Canty, Associate Dean of Admission
Helen Frazer, Associate Dean & Director, Mason Law Library
Laurie Morin, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
William C. Nelson, Jr., Associate Dean of Administration & Finance
Jonathan M. Smith, Associate Dean of Clinical and Experiential Programs
Annamaria Steward, Associate Dean of Students
Tajira McCoy, Assistant Dean of Admission