CCT’s Statement in Support of BLM

Black Lives Matter. The Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) program expresses solidarity with voices and protests speaking out against the violent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others at the hands of law enforcement. We understand these deaths as symptoms of systemic racism and blatant violations of human dignity. Such actions, paired with the ongoing pandemic, have exposed the privilege and systemic inequalities that transect academia, education, healthcare, housing, incarceration, immigration, and financial resources.

We also understand that systems of racial oppression exist not only in the United States. They are international in scope due to the legacies of colonialism and the continuing actions of states and global actors. We condemn all systems of oppression that operate on the bases of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, class, or nationality. We also express sympathy and condolences for family and friends that have lost loved ones or suffered under state sponsored violence.

CCT is a community of dialogue. We strive for openness, increased access, and meaningful listening across the academic spectrum of teaching, research, and service. We furthermore recognize the privilege that accompanies our positions at Georgetown University. We are committed to leveraging this privilege toward dismantling systems of oppression, fostering increased educational access, and supporting transformational change that respects the cura personalis and dignity of all humanity. A voice taken from one of us, silences all of us. Those of us who can speak are called to confront the silencing of others.