A group of Cornell University faculty have organized an event Wednesday afternoon, inviting students, staff, and faculty to “take a knee” on the Arts Quad to protest racism. Organizers say the effort reflects both recent national events and the racial incident in Collegetown earlier this month.
“We, the undersigned faculty, invite the Cornell and Ithaca communities to join us this Wednesday at 12:30 pm to #TakeAKnee against racism by kneeling down in the Arts Quad for a moment of silence to show our solidarity with the fight against racism, white supremacy, and state-sanctioned violence against people of color,” say organizers. “We kneel not only with the black athletes who are risking their careers to protest racism, but most importantly with the black students and other people of color here on campus whose civil rights and human dignity have been demeaned and violated in recent weeks by the actions of racists, nationalists, and white supremacists within our own community.”
“Kaepernick’s anthem protest is important because it reminds us that racism is not only a matter of individual acts of harassment and aggression on the part of a few bad actors, but something that is enabled and perpetuated by institutional practices that systematize inequality and exclusion,” says the Cornell Coalition for Inclusive Democracy, which includes dozens of faculty members.
“Let us join together to show solidarity with the members of our community who have been affected by racism and hate, to hear their demands, and to work together to create a more equitable and inclusive Cornell.”