Members of the Boston College community—sporting T-shirts and holding signs that read “End racism now,” each marked with the signature BC eagle—flooded the sidewalks of the main campus on Tuesday afternoon in support for racial justice.
According to the director of the Asian American Studies program, Min Song, there seems to be a consensus among Americans that political partisanship is greater this election cycle than ever before. Now, Song is wondering if that is even a bad thing.
Régine Michelle Jean-Charles, associate professor of French and African and African Diaspora Studies, told members of the Boston College community that it is necessary to say “Black Lives Matter” out loud.
During her time as a medical student, Camara Phyllis Jones went out to a late dinner with some friends after a long day of studying. As they began eating inside the restaurant together, Jones looked up and noticed the “open” sign across the room. Although seemingly simple, this sign sparked a revelation within her about the dual nature of racism.
When protests for racial justice swept the nation this summer after the police killing of George Floyd, the Black Student Forum launched a petition urging the University to release a list of tangible steps that it would take to combat racism.
BC posted on its Instagram that it is “listening” to student anecdotes of racism on the @blackatbostoncollege Instagram page.
President Leahy sent a letter to the BC community stating that it is essential for everyone to “acknowledge and affirm that Black Lives Matter.”