Their lives, and others, have given a renewed sense of urgency to the Black Lives Matter movement. These tragic deaths have sparked widespread protests throughout the nation and the release of videos, played over and over, have forced the world to pay attention.
For students of history, the summer of 2020 was eerily reminiscent of the late 1960s. After all, it was the late 1960s when public assassinations, racial tensions and intense arguments about structural racism last dominated everyday living. 50 years later, many institutions have made symbolic and incremental changes, but as evidenced by the events of this past summer, we will likely note the shallow inadequacy in radically changing the roots of systemic racism.
We recognize this is difficult work with many perspectives.In this feature, we highlight what Ithaca College community members are doing to dismantle systemic racism and advance social justice.