“Power concedes nothing without a demand.” So said Frederick Douglass in 1857, mere months after the infamous Dred Scott decision. We now face another moment of reckoning over the disregard shown to Black lives. The Division of Ethnic Studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah kneels and grieves for the necessarily remembered names of all those killed with impunity. We stand with our Black, Brown, Native American, Asian, Pacific Island, and Indigenous communities– indeed all those who struggle against systems of racial oppression and settler colonial domination– to demand a just and enlivened future.
For an open letter to our Transform students from Dean Stockton, please read on here.