An open letter from AARA

To the Xavier community: Aspiring Anti-Racist Allies (AARA) is an affinity group of approximately fifty self-identified White staff, faculty and alumni who want to become anti-racist, anti-supremacist allies and examine our own ideas about race and racism. We meet every other week to discuss readings and current events. Our focus is on challenging ourselves and other White people to take responsibility for racist oppression. We welcome opportunities to communicate, collaborate and build relationships with people of color to challenge racism together. As such, we are writing this open letter in response Jeff Coleman and Dave Johnson’s letter to students regarding … Continue reading An open letter from AARA

Chauvin convicted for the murder of George Floyd

Xavier professor speaks to the need for systemic change By Joseph Cotton, Education & Enrichment Coordinator Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts for the murder of George Floyd on Wednesday. He was convicted for two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in the second degree. He is facing up to 40 years in prison and his sentencing hearing is set for mid-June.  “We’ve developed the mindset in this country that you can’t hold police accountable because if you do so, you are anti-police,” Floyd family attorney Chris Stewart said. “It doesn’t matter if you have … Continue reading Chauvin convicted for the murder of George Floyd

Newly approved class tackles anti-Black racism

By: Erica Lampert ~Staff Writer~ In the midst of a changing political climate and a series of racist acts on campus, Xavier has approved a new course devoted to race and diversity. The new course is offered through the education department, and will also fullfil curriculum requirements for those pursuing an African studies minor. However, the class is open to all majors and all students are encouraged to take the course. “Racism impacts all areas of human activity and although the issues of race as it pertains to Blackness are not the only issues of racism that need immediate and … Continue reading Newly approved class tackles anti-Black racism