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January 15, 2018

Dear Students, Staff, Faculty, Alums, Friends of the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, and Everyone In Between:

During this holiday weekend as we reflect upon the dreams of tolerance and love for which the Reverend Martin Luther King gave his life fifty years ago this April, we ask for your solidarity. Let us stand united against the cruel indignities voiced this past week by the President of these United States of America, who, in the most vulgar of words, insulted an entire people.

Let us remember that during the 1963 March on Washington, Reverend King asked us to “make real the promises of democracy,” as he recalled the “joyous daybreak” a century earlier when enslaved Americans were emancipated. It was Dr. King’s dream that one day his own children would “live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” The President's latest crude expression of white nationalism, grounded in a pernicious, longstanding racist ideology, makes it clear that our society remains far from realizing Dr. King’s vision.

In an online NBC news story on Friday, Steven Nelson, the director of the African Studies Center at UCLA, called Trump’s remarks "incredibly offensive, but not surprising, given the source." Whether he is grabbing, banning, deporting, or deriding, this President does not express the values of our diverse community of artists and scholars.

Together we must stand and support each other whenever one of us is attacked or demeaned. Together we must allow room for the personal pain and the public healing that needs to occur as visas are denied and families are threatened. Together we must allow the voices that need to be heard to have the room to speak. Together we must resist hate. Together we must stand in unity for inclusion. Together we must continue to work until, as Dr. King said, “all of God’s children, black men [sic] and white men [sic], Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics,” Muslims and those of Indigenous and all other faiths, “will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’”

Sincerely,

The Faculty of the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance

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