UBC History joins UBC President Santa Ono in condemning racism and injustice, at UBC, in Canada, and around the world. As historians, we seek to understand how racial hierarchies form, how they continue into the present, and how they are resisted. Historical understandings of colonialism and the political, economic, and cultural foundations of racism are crucial to confronting their effects on our societies and in our daily lives.
We are grateful to colleagues from around UBC and other universities across North America for sharing their knowledge and insight about racism, institutionalized violence against racialized people, and prescriptions for change. We recommend the following resources:
- The Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies Statement on Anti-Black Violence: https://cis.arts.ubc.ca/cis-statement-on-anti-black-violence/
- Solidarity & Action: Five Tips on Tackling Racism from UBC’s Equity and Inclusion office: https://equity.ubc.ca/news-and-stories/solidarity-action-five-tips-to-shut-down-racism/
- UBC’s AMS Statement of Solidarity with Black Communities at UBC and around the World, including resources and supports available: https://www.ams.ubc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/AMS_BLM_letter_June1.pdf
- “The Anti-Racist Reading List” compiled by Ibram X. Kendi in The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/antiracist-syllabus-governor-ralph-northam/582580/
You can read President Santa Ono’s statement here.