Sunday, November 20, 2016

November Statement

We, the undersigned, declare our opposition to the fundamentally anti-democratic rhetoric, proposed policy initiatives, and transitional administrative appointments of President-Elect Donald Trump. We object to a continuation of the racism, sexism, ableism, xenophobia, homophobia, and Islamophobia that characterized President-Elect Trump’s campaign. We demand that President-Elect Trump publicly disavow these views, immediately cease the official sanction of them via appointment of their avowed representatives to positions of power and influence, and correspondingly commit to the respect, support, and protection of our nation’s most vulnerable groups. 

President-Elect Trump has, either personally or through proxies, engaged in inexcusable, duplicitous, and materially harmful attacks on women, racial minorities, oppressed nationalities, immigrants, Muslims, differently abled people, and organized labor. Within only two weeks of the election, President-Elect Trump’s proposed “Muslim registry” has motivated some to publicly defend the prudence of WWII Japanese internment camps, perhaps the most morally disgraceful and historically ignorant debasement of public discourse we have seen even in this long season of the same. This is unacceptable in any democracy, but especially so in ours, which cannot make a reasonable claim to ignorance of the consequences of such. 

What we have seen thus far from the President-Elect is hostility to diversity, both of persons and of ideas. Such diversity is uniquely fostered by the Academy and, without it, academic pursuits and intellectual integrity are rendered hollow. Insofar as speech or acts aimed at intimidating or silencing vulnerable groups continue to appear on campuses, emboldened by President-Elect Trump’s rhetoric, we resolve to organize faculty and students to identify, resist, oppose, and, where appropriate, utilize institutional mechanisms of justice to indict and prosecute them. 

We remain committed to the collaborative enterprise of democracy and of the Academy, neither of which can survive without rigorous, multivalent, historically-informed, and often impassioned debate about the ethical foundations of their endeavors. We demand that President-Elect Trump demonstrate his commitment to the same. If he continues to neglect this most rudimentary requirement of his position, we the undersigned pledge to resist and oppose, in word and deed, not only President-Elect Trump, but also any other elected representatives who upholds or facilitates his views at the state, city, and local level.

Signed,
The Academic Opposition

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79 comments:

  1. Heidi Harley, University of Arizona

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  2. I would like to sign. Michael J. Monahan, Marquette University.

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  3. Agata Szczeszak-Brewer, Wabash College

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  4. Das Janssen, Chicago State University

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  5. Julie Regan, La Salle University

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  6. David R. Wilson, Utah Valley University

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  7. Leah Fabiano-Smith, University of Arizona

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  8. David Knowlton, anthropologist, Behavioral Science Department, Utah Valley University

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  9. count me in. Scott Abbott, Utah Valley University

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  10. Melanie Shepherd, Department of Philosophy, Misericordia University

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  11. Austin Hart, American University

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  12. Laura Field, American University

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  13. Çağlar Çetin-Ayşe, Department of Sociology, Stony Brook University

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  14. Kevin Ryan, Department of Philosophy, University of Memphis

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  15. Yael Niv, psychology department, Princeton university

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  16. John Perry Christensen, Department of History (PhD Candidate), University of Utah. Don't mourn, organize.

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  17. Ingo Brigandt, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Biology, University of Alberta

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  18. Katie Horowitz, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Davidson College

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  19. Lydia Light, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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  20. Hille Haker, Richard McCormick Endowed Chair of Catholic Moral Theology, Loyola University Chicago

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  21. Sara Kendall, School of Law, University of Kent

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  22. Lily House-Peters, Department of Geography, California State University, Long Beach

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  23. Rebecca N. Ruhlen, Department of Anthropology, Davidson College

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  24. Jessie Hock, Department of English, Vanderbilt University

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  25. Erin Trapp, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota

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  26. K Arnold, DePaul University, Political Science, Chicago, IL

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  27. Micah Trapp, Department of Anthropology, University of Memphis

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  28. Suzy Cox, School of Education, Utah Valley University

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  29. Summer McDaniel, Philosophy Department, Utah Valley University

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  30. Deborah Achtenberg, Department of Philosophy, University of Nevada, Reno

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  31. Jessica S Elkayam, Department of Philosophy, DePaul University

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  32. Chrysanthe Demetry, Mechanical Engineering Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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  33. Todd Parks
    CTE Instructor - transportation careers 7-12

    Wright Technical Center
    1405 3rd Ave NE
    Buffalo, MN 55313

    todd.parks@wtc.k12.mn.us

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  34. Jacob Baker, Philosophy, Utah Valley University

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  35. Alfred Frankowski, Philosophy, Northeastern Illinois University

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  36. Richard A. Lee, Jr., Philosophy, DePaul University

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  37. Audrey Ettinger, Department of Biological Sciences, Cedar Crest College

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  38. Bryant Rodemich, Villanova University

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  39. Shea Stuart, Department of English, Gardner-Webb University

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  40. Adamantly oppose Trump's authoritarianism, corruption, hate-speech.
    Christopher J Smith, School of Music, Texas Tech University

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  41. Michael K. Potter, Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Windsor

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  42. Evan Edwards, Philosophy, DePaul University

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  43. Russell Ford, Philosophy, Elmhurst College

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  44. Kristin Chon, Physics & Earth Science, Framingham State University

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  45. Grace Cebrero, Philosophy, Mount Saint Mary's University Los Angeles

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  46. Aron Edidin, Philosophy, New College of Florida

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  47. Andrew Howat, California State University Fullerton

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  48. Mar Rodríguez, Cuttington University (Liberia)

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  49. Stefanie Rocknak, Hartwick College

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  50. Branden Fitelson, Northeastern University

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  51. Dustin Locke, Claremont McKenna College

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  52. Taylor Carman, Barnard College, Columbia University

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  53. Axel Mueller, Northwestern University

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  54. Lisa Miracchi, University of Pennsylvania

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  55. B.T. Kimoto, Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University

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  56. Christopher Menzel, Texas A&M University

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  57. Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther, University of California, Santa Cruz

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  58. William J. FitzPatrick, Department of Philosophy, University of Rochester

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  59. Mikio Akagi, John V. Roach Honors College, Texas Christian University

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  60. Heather Stewart, University of Colorado at Boulder

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  61. Yolanda Estes, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Mississippi State University (Retired)

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  62. Sean G Ferrier, Villanova University

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  63. Tracie L. Burke, Behavioral Sciences, Christian Brothers University

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  64. Rebeka Ferreira, Department of Philosophy, Green River College

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  65. Katy Fulfer, University of Waterloo (US Citizen)

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  66. Jena Jolissaint, South University

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  67. Margaret Stevenson, University of Evansville

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  68. Christina Rawls, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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  69. Eva Kittay, Stony Brook University (Emerita)

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  70. Shelley Park, University of Central Florida

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  71. Bruce Janz, University of Central Florida

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  72. Lior Levy, University of Haifa (Israel)

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  73. Maura McCreight, Philosophy, Stony Brook University

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  74. Caitlin Demsky, Oakland University

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  75. Hannah Hjerpe-Schroeder, Department of English, Emory University.

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  76. Ethan Drake Johnson, Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Utah Valley University

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  77. Ann Garry, Emerita Professor of Philosophy, Cal State LA

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