Juneteenth Statement on Racial Justice

Posted on June 19, 2020

In recognition of Juneteenth, the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG would like to share a statement with our community related to recent events.

We are shaken by the recent deaths of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor — the latest public atrocities added to the more than 400-year history of relentless oppression faced by Black people. The recent citizen protests against anti-Black racism and brutality in law enforcement and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement highlight an urgent need for all institutions to stand up and advocate for social justice.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Kinesiology acknowledge that systemic racism and racist policies affect all aspects of our society and recognize the need for broad change. We are committed to making change happen through our teaching, service, research, and community engagement. We recognize that this is a fluid and evolving situation, and we look forward to sharing a more thorough statement and action plan in the near future.