Levin College of Law

Support the UF Law Anti-Racism Resolution

During the week of June 1, 2020, UF Law hosted two discussions with students, faculty, and staff on the recent killings of Black women and men by the police, the newly energized nationwide actions protesting police brutality and systemic racism, and how our community might participate in similar actions and effect change.  During the Wellness Wednesday discussion with students on June 3, 2020, several students urged, among other things, that the College of Law issue a strong antiracist statement.  On the following Friday, June 5, 2020, staff and faculty met and affirmed a desire to make a clear statement of antiracism and a commitment to action.

An ad hoc group of UF Law faculty drafted the below resolution in consultation with UF Law’s Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations.

To support the resolution, you may click here to sign: https://forms.gle/WgZEb1sAatHfWX2w7. The list below will be updated often.

We, the undersigned, of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, hereby resolve:

WHEREAS, we condemn the police violence and tactics that have led to the killings of thousands of Black people, most recently the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and recognize and condemn the broad pattern of racism and injustice in policing and more broadly the criminal-legal system that is systemic, deeply rooted, and pervasive in the lives of Black men, Black women, and Black children.

WHEREAS, we recognize and condemn the pervasive inequalities in health care and the social determinants of health that have caused the disproportionate burden of COVID19 on the Black community and other communities of color, both in rates of illness and in deaths.

WHEREAS, we recognize the inequalities that have been amplified by the pandemic are widespread, exposing the intersecting systems that subordinate by race, gender, socio economics, sexuality, gender identity, but relentlessly to undermine the life and health of the Black community.

WHEREAS, we recognize the need for the creation of an anti-Black racism model that recognizes the multidimensional axes of racism’s impacts and that enables the redress of these harms and achieves those unfulfilled principles of justice, equality, human dignity, and anti-racism.

WHEREAS, we recognize and condemn the pervasive inequalities in every system that affects the lives of Black people and affirm that systemic racism is not limited to the police, the courts, or the corrections’ system; we recognize the racial inequities that exist also in education, employment, economic opportunities, housing, and social supports, among others.

WHEREAS, we recognize and acknowledge the deep history of injustice and racism, and the trauma it causes, that has its roots in U.S. chattel slavery, in our Constitution, in the failed promise of Reconstruction, in the unfulfilled principles of equality, justice, and freedom for all.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the undersigned as individuals and as a whole, will act to promote justice, equality, human dignity, and anti-racism individually and collectively.  We are committed to self-examination, engagement in difficult and uncomfortable work on race and racism in its multidimensional manifestations, self-correction, and positive actions for change that live up to our collective commitment to our Constitutional principles of true equality, and the promise of a just and fair legal system.  We will act by our teaching, service, and research to contribute to the training of antiracist lawyers and producing antiracist scholarship, and support community, legislative, and other avenues of change.  We will act vigorously to support a renewed commitment to the excellence of our law school by becoming an example of recruitment, outreach, and support for Black students.  We will act by continuing to devote our energy to the long, hard process of change, and not limit our commitment to this moment of change.

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Nancy E. Dowd
Shannon Sumerlin
William Spencer-Hampton
David Hasen
Stephania Rendel
Stephanie O. Comstock
Betty Donaldson
Jerron Wheeler
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David M. Walsh, JD 2020
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Sarah Niss
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Updated 9.22.2021

Published: June 15th, 2020

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