The SEEDS Project at the University of Richmond is disturbed and angered by the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Marcus Peters, and countless others. The brutalization of black people at the hands of the police and those in positions of power is another reminder of the blatant racism that plagues the United States. Located in the former capital of the Confederacy, our campus is not exempt from the problems we are witnessing in the U.S. today. It mirrors larger systems of ignorance, hate, and oppression. We see microcosms of these systems in our dining hall, our classrooms, on the residence-hall doors of students of color, and everywhere in between.
In the face of endemic discrimination and acute injustices, SEEDS stands in solidarity with the black community and with all those who fight against white supremacy. As an organization, we will commit to better educating ourselves and taking action to promote justice on our campus and in our communities. Active citizenship and reflection are critical components of SEEDS’ mission statement. During these times, we are reflecting on how these injustices impact everyone and how we can be active citizens by being anti-racist and supporting the black community in combating white supremacy in all its forms.
We commit to upholding our focus on active citizenship and service-learning as we plan for the 2020-2021 school year. In the meantime, we encourage SEEDlings and University of Richmond students to learn, listen, donate, and protest however you can.
- We can all begin by contributing to the University of Richmond Students Fight for Racial Justice fund.
- As an organization, we are also connected to communities across the country and have set up a fund to support them at this time. If you would like to donate to organizations promoting racial justice and community development in Detroit, New Orleans, or Morgantown, please venmo @theseedsproject. If you would like to dedicate your donation to a particular location, please mention it in your caption.
- In addition, we will begin hosting biweekly virtual reflections starting Tuesday, June 9 to continue the dialogue among Richmond students, with details forthcoming via email. We hope to talk with you soon.
Wherever injustice finds home in modern society, we must eradicate it. On our campus and in our communities, we assert that racism has no place in society. Therefore, SEEDS reaffirms its commitment to diversity, equality, equity, and inclusion. We will continue the work necessary to advance the cause of racial justice. #BlackLivesMatter.