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President Hanlon addresses the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd in a message to the Dartmouth community.
To the Dartmouth community,
As we reflect on today's verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, we must remind ourselves that while the case has reached its rightful conclusion, our work in addressing the underlying systemic racism that led to George Floyd's murder has only just begun.
Today and every day, Dartmouth stands in solidarity against racism. Yet to simply acknowledge the reality of racism in America is not enough. For our country and our community, we can and must do better.
Deplorable acts of violence against Black people at the hands of police must stop. So too must the less visible structural forms of racism that lead people of color to disproportionately shoulder the burdens of poverty and inequality in our country. That critical work lies at the hands of all people, not just people of color who have, for too long, been forced to live in fear and often, in silence.
George Floyd's death will not be in vain. In our role as an academic institution, we will fiercely combat racism in all its forms. We will continue to shed light on these issues through peaceful, thoughtful engagement with the diverse perspectives that exist on our campus. We will work tirelessly to instill an anti-racist ethos on our campus and to create a culture that is not only welcoming and inclusive, but supports, nurtures and celebrates the talents of every member of our community. We will redouble our efforts to support the success and well-being of Black students, staff, and faculty, as well as all communities of color at Dartmouth. And through our distinguished scholarship, we will help influence policy and inform solutions that aim to dismantle racist structures and pave the way for progress.
To help us make sense of this moment, Professor Bruce Duthu will lead a panel discussion titled The Chauvin Verdict: A Community Discussion on Race, Crime & Justice that will include professors Susan Brison, Matt Delmont, and Deborah King. I encourage you all to participate. As soon as the logistics are finalized, we will share the date and time.
During this painful reckoning in our nation's history, let us all remember that the power of our collective intellect, together with our compassion for one another, is our greatest source of hope for a better, more just society for all.
Philip J. Hanlon '77