Combating Anti-racism and Social Justice in Academia

As a social justice union representing faculty in the California State University System, we are dedicated to anti-racism and social justice. We purposefully center and extend our anti-racism social justice work to address the structural racism that shapes our society and the CSU. 

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic that does discriminate, resulting in disproportionate deaths to Black people, disproportionate economic burdens to Chicanx/Latinx people, decimation of Native/Indigenous people, and acts of violence and hatred against Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American communities, we must take this opportunity to call on our leaders to not only condemn racism and white supremacy, but to announce programs to enact systemic change.

We are here to break this system and stigma that surrounds our communities.

Systemic racism and violence have confronted Black, Indigenous, and people of color since the first enslaved Africans were brought to Jamestown in 1619. Policing in America and the “new enslavement” of Black Americans continued with the loophole of the 13th Amendment and the establishment of Jim Crow laws. Those decisions (and many, many more) have led us to where we are today.

From anti-racism and social justice demands to membership and organizing, CFA will continuously stand in solidarity with every human being and their dignity – those lost to police brutality and other racist violence.  We will continue to work in this vein, drawing upon the wisdom and voices of CFA’s members to highlight and raise consciousness and advocacy around racism and violence against every community. 

 “The U.S. is a racialized society based on white supremacy where opportunities, resources, power and human rights are structured by race to privilege whiteness. one where race structures disadvantages such as poverty, barriers to opportunity and power, and failure to recognize humanity, resulting in a racial hierarchy.”

Sharon Elise, CFA Associate Vice President, Racial & Social Justice, South

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