Stand Against Racism

WFU Biology Announcements

Colleagues & Friends of the Wake Forest Biology Department,

I know you have already seen the statements from Nathan Hatch and Erica Still on the need for the Wake Forest University community to stand against racism. As Chair of Biology I don’t imagine that I can speak for all members of the department. But I don’t feel that it is a time to stay silent. The historian Ibram X. Kendi, Professor at American University, argued in his 2019 book How to Be an Antiracist that the statement “I’m not a racist” is a term of denial. He wrote:

One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist.”

This moment in U.S. history is challenging for all, but with this e-mail I want to acknowledge that these times are particularly challenging for our black friends, colleagues, and students and also that for them, the challenge is not new, but ongoing.

I know that many members of the Biology Department and friends of the department belong to scientific societies that are providing resources on antiracism, but if you need a place to start, I recommend a list you can find here:

bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES

I am personally working through:

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

Stay safe, everyone.

Susan Fahrbach, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair of Biology