I have been thinking a lot about what to say about the heart-breaking events in America.
While the recent events flow from the specific history of racism and injustice in America, similar issues plague many countries and societies around the world.
At the School, we pride ourselves on being a community where everyone is a minority in terms of nationality, and we hold up values of respect and collaboration. We know from research that diverse groups, like ours, are more creative and productive than others. By focusing on the large challenges facing the world, we seek, however we can, to come together and heal some of the wounds of humanity.
While true, this all sounds hollow against the institutional and systemic racial discrimination and violence aimed at “the other” and manifested in the murder of George Floyd. I am appalled by those who seek to exploit our differences for their personal or political aims. The problems of the world – and systemic discrimination -- require us to come together, not rip our societies apart. I am proud of the non-violent protesters who are gathering to be heard. I support the peaceful and physically distanced protest taking part in Oxford, at 1pm today.
As James Baldwin wrote: “ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” As a community of learners, let us all strive to diminish ignorance and make a contribution towards reforming power, in particular making business a force for justice.