SPAR’s statement of solidarity in support of the fight for racial justice and equality

A Statement of Solidarity from Science Policy and Advocacy at Rutgers
We unequivocally condemn police brutality and racial violence against Black Americans. We believe that Black Lives Matter. We are grieving for the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and David McAtee, as well as countless others. Police brutality and racial violence are part of a long history of institutionalized racism in this country. Black Americans have long suffered chronic emotional and physical trauma from deep-rooted discriminatory policies that have deprived their communities of educational, financial, and public health resources.

As scientists at Rutgers we must acknowledge the privilege that our institutions have been given at the expense of Black Americans…