Black lives matter.
I stand against white supremacy. Against the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and countless other members of the Black community at the hands of police and self-styled vigilantes. Our nation must change, and as someone who teaches philosophy at a university I will work to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Though I believe philosophy offers tools for resisting white supremacy, I hear Lionel K. McPherson when he says “the Anglo-American philosophy profession, like the history of modern Western philosophy, has been a site of white supremacy, no matter its practitioners’ intentions.” (2016)
I endorse the efforts detailed in the letter written by the chairs of my department. “Black lives matter” is, in my opinion, a phrase that deserves to be repeated and heard until we have made it be that Black lives matter in this country.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by regular post at:
Department of Philosophy
6035 Thornton Hall
Hanover, NH 03755