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Social Justice Statement
June 4, 2020
The University of South Florida School of Social Work is saddened by the recent events occurring all over our county that are steeped in centuries of systemic and individual oppression and seeks to threaten the health and wellbeing of people of color. We are outraged and appalled by the injustice of George Floyd’s death at the hands of men who took an oath to protect and serve. The confluence of the many deaths of Black community members at the hands of police and the overrepresentation of persons of color amid those impacted by Covid-19 evoke hopelessness. The profound impact on these families and our community is heart wrenching and stokes our deepest emotions.
The USF School of Social Work strongly condemns white supremacy, racism and acts of violence against Black people.
As social workers, our grief, sadness, and sense of helplessness are compounded by the injustices that have continued in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s death. The recent events underscore the need for us as a school of social work, as well as our country, to renew our commitment to social justice and take collective action. Rather than simply espousing ideologies, we must bring lasting systemic change. We acknowledge that we have work to do, and it is work that needs to be done. We are committed to be engaged in this effort.
Millions of people around the world are joining together to demand change. Our code of ethics calls us to fight for the dignity and worth of the individual and social justice. Demanding change in a system that failed us is not only justifiable, but also ethical. Social movements play a critical role in creating the force for and sustaining power to create change. Black and Brown people are fighting for their lives. Mr. Floyd’s murder presents a new and undeniable testimonial to what has been going on for so long, and as such offers an opportunity to address such injustices and, in doing so, honors the tremendous price paid by so many for so long.
As we proceed, we will remember that effective change is achieved by careful consideration of factors in a complex system:
Eradicating elements and cultures that lead to the death of people such as Trayvon
Martin, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.
Building coalitions with those that share our values inclusive of strong leaders and authentic members of law enforcement who truly serve and protect.
Advocating for true accountability in order to create lasting change.
In short, allowing our knowledge of social work processes to guide our response during a time of turmoil and anger.
As a profession and a School there is much work to be done. In the coming months we ask that you join the School of Social Work in continuing our conversation on Disrupting Inequity and help us to move forward with collective action. Right now there is much you can do individually and as a community. Join the thousands around the world who are demanding change, write a letter to your community leaders, contact your legislator, complete the Census, and most importantly register to VOTE and then do so at election time. Together we can create change.
We must also be honest with each other, respectful of each other, kind to each other, and support each other like never before. We can only learn, grow, and create real change by being transparent, accepting and loving.
To our Students – We see your pain, your anger, and your frustration and we open our arms to you. Your faculty and staff are here to provide you the support you need during this difficult time. We commit to stand with you and for you in creating a more safe and just world.
The USF School of Social Work is committed to be engaged in this effort.
The Faculty and Staff at the School of Social Work
University of South Florida