We stand in solidarity
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
The American Society for Theatre Research is committed to opposing racism in every facet of our organization. We stand in solidarity with Black artists, Black faculty, Black staff members, and the Black community. We believe that Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with all individuals and communities seeking justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, David McAtee and the innumerable other Black Americans before them who were murdered by means of state-sanctioned violence.
We recognize the power that theatre research and performance activity--particularly in the forms of protest and community action--hold in the collective refusal of the status quo and in the amplification of marginalized voices. We join other arts and educational groups in demanding an end to policies and discourses, at every level, that incite racist violence. We aspire to use our scholarship and embodied practice as part of the necessary work to this end.
We also recognize that the current wave of public protest is happening after three months of devastating loss of lives from COVID-19 which has disproportionately affected Black and Brown communities. Police brutality is part of systemic structural racism along with environmental hazards, lack of access to healthcare, precarious and dangerous working conditions, over-surveillance and criminalization of communities of color. This is combined with the highest rate of unemployment in at least a generation. The rage we are seeing on the streets right now is a result of all these injustices, where the recent police killings have acted as catalysts. When we say Black Lives Matter, we must address all aspects that make living while Black deadly.
ASTR commits to deepening its efforts to fight racism, elevate equity, and work in coalition toward creating a more just world.