GSS Statement on Racial Injustice
In The News
June 9, 2020

As members of the faculty in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University, we support the protests against the brutal murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, and we stand in solidarity with those who are mobilizing against the state-sanctioned racism and racist police violence and vigilante violence against Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, and countless others. Those acts of violence intersect with and compound the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.  We grieve the losses caused by those intersecting public health emergencies, and we commit ourselves to fighting for justice and for systemic change, including efforts to defund and demilitarize the police. As scholars and teachers of intersectional feminist, queer, critical race, class, carceral, disability, and trans studies, we are committed to confronting, critiquing, and undoing the long histories of racism and white supremacy that have structured American institutions for centuries, and to amplifying the voices of people of color. “Black Lives Matter” is not merely a slogan. It is a powerful assertion of human dignity and the right of bodily existence in a racialized world.