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The Carolina Center for Public Service condemns anti-Black violence and strives to support Black people in our communities.

June 1, 2020
Updated June 2, 2020

As communities everywhere cope with a global pandemic that disparately impacts Black people and other people of color, it has been especially difficult for many to bear witness to the latest horrific examples of anti-Black violence. In this time of crisis, we must acknowledge and mourn together the tragic and preventable deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery—among others who are not currently in the news.

A recent statement by the UNC Office for Diversity and Inclusion emphasizes that our responsibility as students, staff and faculty is to advocate for, care for and support one another regardless of identity or culture. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion has launched a platform called Your Voice Matters, where anyone can safely share thoughts, perspectives and feelings on what is happening in our country.

Here are just a few of the many resources and readings on systemic and structural racism:

You can find additional anti-racism resources on this Diversity and Inclusion webpage.

As the University Chancellor’s office expressed in a parallel statement on Saturday, we recognize the stress these events cause members of our community, especially the Black community. We encourage anyone in the Carolina community to use the following resources for your mental health: