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Deeply Saddened by the Senseless Shootings

Thursday, July 14, 2016

On behalf of the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare and the Toni Johnson Office of Race and Social Justice we are deeply saddened by the senseless shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. Additionally, the tragic loss of law enforcement officials, transit officials and citizens in Dallas at a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally is equally horrifying. Our hearts and condolences go out to the families of the victims and those who have been impacted by this tragedy. This type of intolerance is a clear contradiction of our history as social workers committed to social justice and reform that celebrates diversity and inclusion.  Our profession promotes the understanding and education of diversity and oppression with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental or physical disability.  Our school upholds an anti-racism stance, which calls us to speak out and work against the harmful and violent effects of systemic racism, dehumanization, and oppression.



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