Black Lives Matter statement
The KU School of Music acknowledges the pain and anger that communities of color are experiencing as our nation deals with the impact of systemic racism and police brutality. We stand in solidarity with our Black students, their families and the entire African American community in condemning the killings of George Floyd, Amaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee and the innumerable others from the Black community who have suffered or lost their lives as a result of this brutality. We mourn for each and every Black life shortened by the individual and institutional racism that persists in our country and denounce racialized violence in all its forms. We recognize the culture of oppression that has existed in our nation since its inception that has led to countless Black lives lost unlawfully and inhumanely.
We further acknowledge our history of complicity in racism within our culture. We vow to do better, and recognize we must do better. We will re-examine our own conduct and values to assure that the dignity of all marginalized communities is central to our mission. We pledge to provide an equitable and safe environment that embraces everyone in our community with compassion, and when that pledge falls short, to listen and act with respect.
We recognize that Black Americans have made profound and substantial contributions to all the music we study and perform, and that these contributions were often created from within the ugly haze of racism and denied opportunity, but have nonetheless shaped our world in magnificent ways. For this reason, we strive to educate ourselves so that the rich culture of Black Americans becomes a touchstone of our understanding of the history of music. We will work toward changing our programming and curriculum to ensure an ample appreciation of this vast and varied culture, and we will be transparent with our actions to achieve these changes through our communications with students, staff, faculty and the communities in which we work, perform, and educate. We promise to work toward a brighter future where Black and Brown lives are no longer marginalized.
Black Lives Matter.