When a student at our institution was quoted in a recent article for The Phoenix regarding his fear of being lynched, he didn’t realize lynching is not an insult or a hate crime. It is terrorism. It is radicalized, radicalized and rooted in white supremacy.
When an institution is more concerned with its public perception than it is with addressing the policies and circumstances that shape that public perception, the root issues will never be resolved.
Black History Month is a time to honor our heroes, many of whom are the great intellectual thinkers of our time, but we must also honor the many nameless revolutionaries, particularly women, whose sacrifices are the reason we may live with such dignity today.