Cypress College Pursues Racial Justice, Anti-Racist Campus
Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. released the following statement regarding the verdict today in the murder of George Floyd:
The guilty verdicts have just been read in the trial for the murder of George Floyd. For many of our students and employees, this trial was nothing less than a measure of whether or not the racism embedded deep within our laws and values would prevail. We can breathe a sigh of relief that, this time, justice for all has been served. No matter what the verdict was today, at Cypress College we remain committed to our pursuit of racial justice, becoming an anti-racist institution, and being unapologetic in our assurance that our campus community will care for and be there for our students and employees.
As Ibram Kendi stated, “there is no neutrality in the racism struggle…One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in between safe space of ‘not racist.’ The claim of ‘not racist’ neutrality is a mask for racism.” We are grateful for the work so many have done and continue to do at our campus to ensure this justice prevails today and every day.