Department of Anthropology
Statement on the UCR Radiocarbon Laboratory
Statement on Anti-Asian Violence
UCR Anthropology unequivocally condemns the murderous, racist, and misogynistic acts in Atlanta on March 16, 2021, the recent upsurge in anti-Asian violence across the USA and elsewhere, and the discourses of scapegoating and blame that have circulated during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are appalled by the prevalence of violence targeting Asian women in particular ( https://socialinnovation.ucr.edu/news/2021/03/16/there-were-3800-anti-asian-racist-incidents-mostly-against-women-past-year ). As a department, we stand with the Asian/American and Pacific Islander members among our faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, staff, and research collaborators, and pledge to recognize, speak out, and fight back against anti-Asian racism wherever we encounter it. We also endorse the statement by UCR Chancellor Kim Wilcox of February 19 ( https://insideucr.ucr.edu/announcements/2021/02/19/violence-against-asianamerican-and-pacific-islander-community ), even as we are saddened, horrified and enraged by events since then. With the campus as a whole, we affirm the Chancellor’s statement of solidarity:
We pledge our full solidarity with the Asian/American and Pacific Islander community on campus and beyond and support the efforts by student organizations; our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion office; and faculty and staff to address violence and discrimination against Asian/Americans and Pacific Islanders.
We also recommend these Community Resources on Anti-Asian Violence, compiled and shared with us by the UCRFTP Cops Off Campus Collective: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J7QeqRJrcBj1ovXaOLXI8ip4qvmY_iywIaE-9-jL49s/edit?ts=6054ced8#
Statements on Policing and Anti-Black Racism
- May 2021 Updated Statement to the University of California, Riverside Leadership and Community
- UCR Anthropology Statement on October 1 Teach-In Against Anti-Blackness
- July 2020 Statement to the University of California, Riverside Leadership and Community
- Department Response to Unethical Possession and Handling of the Remains of MOVE Children
UCR Anthropology shares the collective outrage at the treatment of the remains of the people killed during the bombing of MOVE in Philadelphia on May 13, 1985. We endorse our colleagues' statements and calls for action presented below:
Concerning the Possession and Unethical Use of the Remains of the Children of MOVE and the Africa Family: A Collective Statement from the Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA), the Society of Black Archaeologists (SBA), and the Black in Bioanthropology Collective (BiBA)
We have also issued our own Statement Concerning Our Human Osteological Collections.