History Department Statement on Racism
The UMass History Department and Public History Program categorically reject the ongoing, systemic and individual forms of violence perpetuated against Black people and other people of color. The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, among too many others, are painful reminders that the long history of racism continues to devastate communities and whole societies around the globe. We share the Chancellor’s view that intolerance and hatred have no place in our society, on our campus, in our community, or in our department. We reaffirm our responsibility, as historians and public historians, to understand and explain the complex forces that shape the destiny of our planet, and particularly the harm done by white supremacy. We affirm our commitment to frank inquiry, open discussion, and the rigorous exchange of ideas in an environment of mutual support.