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To Governor Kate Brown, Senator Richard Devlin, Representative Ann Lininger, Rod Underhill and other Oregon lawmakers and officials

 

In his Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln spoke of a “new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Today, exactly 152 years later, racism in the United States ensures enduring inequality for marginalized members of our nation.

On Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, Lewis & Clark College students anonymously posted threats targeting black students on Yik Yak. This is not an isolated occurrence. We believe that racism, in all its forms, is exacerbated by federal and state constitutions. Racist threats like Tuesday’s create a campus environment that is unsafe for black members of the community and it is time for the government to actively work to resolve enduring state-sanctioned racism.

The threats levied at our Black students are in direct violation of Title 42 of the United States Public Health and Welfare mandate, in which Sections 1-102 state that “no individual, on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or status as a parent, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in, a Federally conducted education or training program or activity.”

As a federally funded institution, Lewis & Clark College is currently subject to federal law and federal law enforcement. A campus environment that endangers black students effectively excludes black students from a “federally conducted education.” Therefore, we are asking that the United States and Oregon governments recognize a responsibility to eradicate racist threats on campuses across the nation.

In addition, posts of terror on Yik Yak are considered an act of domestic terrorism under U.S. Code, Title 18. Domestic terrorism, according to the United States government, involves “acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law, intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, [and] occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.”

Any comment of this nature, whether cyber-anonymous or verbal, should be investigated in full. It is the government’s duty to ensure the rights and safety of ALL members of its community.

 

Sincerely,

Lewis & Clark Black Lives Matter