KSG Statement Condemning Racism and Hatred

Statement to Condemn
the Murder of George Floyd and Denounce Racism & Hatred

Kelley Student Government (KSG) has a longstanding and unwavering commitment to supporting individuals from all communities and we denounce the racist, hateful murders that have recently occurred in our country. Most recently, we are deeply saddened and disgusted by a video that surfaced on the internet earlier this week displaying the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, moaning in pain, begging for help, and repeatedly pleading “I can’t breathe” and “They’re going to kill me” as, Derek Chauvin, a white officer, kneeled on his neck.

On behalf of all student leaders in the Kelley family, we condemn such acts of horrendous violence and deeply rooted racism. The actions committed by Derek Chauvin and his law enforcement colleagues are not consistent with our values and beliefs here at the Kelley School of Business and Indiana University.

At Kelley, we value diversity, inclusivity, and the empowerment of all students. It is our responsibility to cultivate a community in which every student, regardless of background, feels empowered to pursue the opportunities they desire with the help of an environment that embraces inclusion and respect. Kelley Student Government is devoted to creating an environment where all students feel welcomed and valued every single day, and actively denounces anything that is contradictory to that message.

In light of this vile act of murder — and in recognition of the countless cases of hate that have occurred in the past including many that we remain unaware of — we’re reminded that in times of injustice and hatred, we must step in and make a difference. We must choose to remain actively anti-racist. Simply calling ourselves “allies” or “not racist” is not enough. It is our responsibility to listen, learn, take action, step forward, and repeat. In order to do this, we have to educate ourselves and be active leaders in the fight against hatred and racism.

If you are looking for ways to educate yourself and take an active stance against hatred and racism, we have compiled the following list of potential action items:

  1. Join the peaceful “Enough is Enough” protest and march on June 5th at 3:00 P.M. EST in Dunn Meadow, while adhering to CDC guidelines.
  2. Acknowledge that racism occurs both overtly and covertly.
    1. Overt/Socially Unacceptable: The N-Word, Racist Jokes, Racial Slurs
    2. Covert/Socially Acceptable: White Silence, Color Blindness, Bootstrap Theory, Denial of Racism, Denial of White Privilege
  3. Educate yourself with media and literature that creatively dive into important conversations around racial equity, justice, and acts of hatred, both past and present.
    1. Netflix: 13th, American Son, Dear White People, See You Yesterday, When They See Us
    2. Hulu: If Beale Street Could Talk, The Hate U Give
    3. Books: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, Mindful of Race by Ruth King
    4. Podcasts: About Race, Code Switch, The Diversity Gap, Pod Save the People
  4. Openly discuss the current situation and these action steps with your peers and family members to encourage utilizing your privilege to advocate for others.
  5. Sign relevant petitions, such as ones for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, and Ahmaud Arbery, etc., and donate to the official memorial funds organized to ease the financial burden of the affected families.

Virtual counseling services are continuing to be available through the IU Health Center and can be reached at (812) 855-5711 and at https://healthcenter.indiana.edu/counseling/.

The Kelley Office of Diversity Initiatives (KODI) supports underrepresented minority students and aims to provide a community for students where they can feel welcomed and affirmed. They can be reached at (812) 855-0324 or by email at kodi@indiana.edu.

If you experience or witness a situation in which a victim is targeted due to their identification with a specific gender, race, sexual orientation, or more on campus – please submit a bias incident report using the following link: https://studentaffairs.indiana.edu/student-support/get-help/report-bias-incident/index.html.

As the representative body of the Kelley school, we will always stand by our students during times of injustice and hate. Each and every one of our students has the right to be respected and valued regardless of their background or group association. If you or your student group need assistance in finding support or would like to share ideas of how we can fight hate in our communities, please contact us at ksg@indiana.edu.

We are here to support you and stand by your side in the fight against hatred.

By Kori Renn
Kori Renn Director of Career Advising Kori Renn