Philadelphia Faculty and Community United Against Racism

Share This

During the eighteen months leading up to the 2016 election, there was an escalation of hate toward immigrants, Muslims, people of color, women, the disabled, and LGBTQ folks. Trump’s victory has elevated this hate to a new level.

In the week since the election, there have been numerous racist incidents targeting college students in Philadelphia. These include the blanket targeting of black freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania under a group titled "N-er Lynching" and a black student at Villanova University being thrown to the ground by white men yelling "Trump!"

The attack on black students alerts us that college campuses and educational institutions are not immune to violence and hate, indeed, may be especially targeted. We cannot accept this. Not in our universities, not in our communities.

As faculty and community members in Philadelphia, we summarily reject white supremacy and racism in all its forms. We stand united with all of our students, especially students of color and immigrants. We are committed to building communities where students can learn free from violence and discrimination.