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Student Organization Responses to AntiBlack Racism and Police Brutality

Throughout the month of May and June 2020 the world witnessed the horrible manifestations of systemic structural and institutionalized racism in the United States. George Floyd was the most recent addition to a list of people who have been murdered as a result of callous disregard from Black lives. Students at Tulane University were among those responding to this and other acts of violence against Black bodies in the United States and around the world. Here you will find the archiving of statements by Tulane student organizations. Starting with a shared statement from the Tulane Black Student Union and Students Organizing Against Racism.


In light of highly publicized incidents of racial violence that have surged during the Trump Administration: we, the students of Tulane Black Student Union (tBSU) and Students Organizing Against Racism (SOAR), fully condemn the gratuitous violence that has taken the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Modesto Reyes, George Floyd and countless other Black people. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, anti-Black racism continues to pose an extreme threat to Black lives. The collective anguish and rage experienced in the face of this reality has been expressed through protest throughout the country.

Our university motto, “Non sibi, sed suis,” calls the Tulane community to work “not for one’s self, but for one’s own.” We call upon members of our university community, now dispersed across the nation due to COVID-19, to stand in support of the protestors in their own respective communities to challenge anti-Black racism nationally. Moreover, we must confront how our university perpetuates this racism against Black students, faculty, and staff, and the New Orleans community.

 

It has been proven that police fail to protect communities, and this demonstrates a need for Tulane to revolutionize our approach to student safety. Incidents involving Tulane University Police Department (TUPD) officers are poorly documented, and lack transparency. Officers from both TUPD and the New Orleans Police Department are armed and can patrol our campus, leaving Black people, students or otherwise, potentially vulnerable to harm. As universities across the nation are re-evaluating and severing ties to their local police departments, it is paramount that our university reevaluates its relationship with TUPD to ensure that there are substantial transparency and accountability measures implemented to ensure the safety of Black students.

This is especially pressing due to COVID-19. Under social distancing guidelines, it is imperative that our university does not depend on increased policing to enforce social distancing, as this poses a threat to members of our organizations and our greater community. It is critical that any effort from Tulane to protect the safety of Black students confronts the intersectional oppression our community encounters. Members of our community must be protected from misogynoir, homophobia and transphobia throughout campus. We cannot wait until a fatal incident occurs in our own community - our administration must undertake substantial policy measures to ensure our safety.

 

We stand with Atlanta, and the family of Ahmaud Arbery. We stand with Miami, and the family of Tony McDade. We stand with Louisville, and the family of Breonna Taylor. We stand with New Orleans, and the family of Modesto Reyes. We stand with Minneapolis, and the family of George Floyd. Our organizations cannot witness state-sanctioned violence against protestors demanding revolutionary change and remain silent. We recognize protests as part of a greater struggle for racial justice in the United States. This statement is written in solidarity with protestors nationwide who demand justice from our legal system wherever they may be, and calls upon our university and community partners to leverage any resources at their disposal in order to do the same.

 

In Solidarity and Power,

 

Tulane Black Student Union and Students Organizing Against Racism

This statement is written with the support of: TUGente, Tulane University’s Filipino Student Association, Asian American Student Union, Tulane University Vietnamese Association, Indian Association of Tulane University, POCappella, Muslim Student Association, Tulane University Middle Eastern Union, and the USG Director of DIEC

 

Anti-Racist Organizations in New Orleans:

BYP 100 New Orleans Chapter

New Orleans Hospitality Workers’ Alliance

New Orleans Mutual Aid

New Orleans Peoples’ Assembly

New Orleans Safety and Freedom Fund: A Community Bail Fund & Advocacy Campaign

New Orleans’ Workers Center for Racial Justice
New Orleans Workers Group

Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition

Peoples’ Institute for Survival and Beyond

Reproductive Justice Action Collective

Southern Solidarity
Women with a Vision

 

National Resources:

Bail Funds for Organizers Nationwide

Bail Funds and Legal Help by City

African-American Policy Forum COVID Resource List

Tulane Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Dear Tulane Community,

 

In light of highly publicized incidents of racial violence that continue to surge during the Trump Administration: we, the students of Tulane's chapter of the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE), fully condemn the violence that has taken countless lives including those of Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Modesto Reyes, George Floyd, and countless other Black people. COVID-19 has shown us that racism is still the biggest pandemic American's face.

 

NSBE's mission is "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community." The NSBE Torch symbolizes the organization’s everlasting, burning desire to achieve success in this competitive society and to effect positive change in the quality of life of all people.

 

We would like to remind the Tulane community that it is not okay to be silent, to be a bystander, to be an ally without action, or to remain neutral. Therefore, we feel it is our duty to actively work as an organization to engineer solutions to make change. The time for change is now.

 

In Solidarity and Power,

 

Tulane Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers,

Executive Board

A Call To Action from Tulane University Vietnamese Association (TUVA)

Call to Action

During this time of racial injustices and protests to dismantle a historically racist, institutionalized system of inequality, it is critical that we demonstrate our wholehearted support. TUVA strongly encourages our general body members, as allies in this movement, to stand in solidarity by: 

  • avoiding centering our own voices as nonblack POC 
  • uplifting and amplifying the voices and experiences of black people 
  • educating ourselves on white supremacy, anti-blackness, racial justice, etc.  
  • staying informed about recent events
  • having difficult conversations with friends, family members, and most importantly, yourself
  • signing petitions that call for justice and accountability for unjust actions 
  • donating resources (i.e. time, money) to some of the organizations linked in our bio. 

 

TUVA is calling upon other student organizations, Tulane University administration, and the Greater New Orleans Vietnamese-American community to demonstrate their alliance with this movement by taking appropriate actions that include, but are not limited to, using their platform to educate and spread awareness and contributing financial resources. 

 

Remember that silence is not only compliance, but violence. Neutrality is a privilege. Complacency is fatal. 

 

Black Lives Matter.

Asian American Student Union (AASU) Statement of Solidarity

The voices that we hear today around the country have always been and always will be important. The Asian American Student Union stands in solidarity with the Black community in condemnation of racial injustice and systemic racism. The stolen lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless other Black individuals tell us that our society desperately needs reform. The pervasiveness and persistence of these deadly threats to Black bodies has existed in this country for decades; as Ta-Nehisi Coates stated in his novel Between the World and Me, “Americans believe in the reality of ‘race’ as a defined, indubitable feature of the natural world.” We implore the Asian American Pacific Islander community to take a stand against what this belief has led to and the true reality of racism in all its explicit and implicit forms. Our hope for an inclusive world extends to all and it starts with the decisions that each and every one of us make. As fellow minorities and as fellow people, we must stand against inequality and stand for human rights. Enough is enough.

 

Here’s what you can do:

  • Save space for Black folks: uplift Black voices, listen to their thoughts, read about their perspective, follow Black activists and other leaders on social media
  • Words matter: educate yourself, carry crucial conversations within your community including your family, your friends, and your peers to call in racial bias, challenge the model minority myth, follow AAPI activists and other leaders on social media
  • Donate, if you are able: link in bio
  • March, if you are able
  • Sign petitions to demand justice: link in bio
  • Fill out the census: inform decisions on how government funds are allocated in your community
  • Vote: your vote matters - both locally and federally

Silence is no different from compliance; the time to act is now. Our hearts go out to the families of those who passed too soon and to the greater Black community. We hear you. And we stand with you.

 

Sincerely,

The Asian American Student Union Executive Board


 

Save Space:

Words Matter:

Petition:

Donate:

Census:

Vote:

India Association at Tulane (IATU)

IATU is a multicultural organization that both encourages and celebrates diversity in our Tulane community. The lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breanna Taylor, and countless other members of the Black community have been unjustly taken from them. These devastating tragedies remind us of the injustices and inequalities that the Black community faces due to systemic racism that has been prevalent in America for centuries. We must acknowledge these systemic flaws and our own biases in order to recognize the liberties we have been given - the same liberties the Black community is fighting for now. As a multicultural organization representing a minority population, we are in full support of the Black community. We should work to create an environment where everyone, regardless of race or gender, is supported. IATU stands in solidarity with the Black community and will continue to offer support in the fight against racism.

We hope that members of the South-Asian community consider supporting the Black community through signing petitions, engaging in intellectual conversations, and donating.

-The India Association of Tulane Universit