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A Message from the History Department Climate & Inclusion Committee

We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter as well as others fighting for racial justice today. We will apply this solidarity to tangible change as we seek to overcome intersecting legacies of racial inequality at Texas A&M.

two men wearing anti-hate and for-love t-shirtsAs historians we know the history of the United States, Texas, and Texas A&M is not a story of triumphant progress, but a story of unresolved racial trauma. Racism is a system, a structure. It lives within our educational, economic, healthcare, environmental, legal, and political institutions.  Racism intersects with sexism, class polarization, and other forms of bigotry. As scholar-teachers we have an obligation to understand history in all its complexity, including the record of violence, slavery, expropriation, and discrimination that continue to ravage our society. We call for all Aggies to inform themselves and apply that knowledge to create a better nation, a stronger Texas, and a just university. Standing up to racism requires a collective effort. By knowing our history, taking responsibility for it, and challenging others to understand it, we can work towards racial justice in the United States.

We pledge to work with you as we continue to educate Aggies, the public, and ourselves. We believe that an informed citizenry that reckons with its past–including its dark chapters–will demand change to create an equitable, just, and safe society.

We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter as well as others fighting for racial justice today. We will apply this solidarity to tangible change as we seek to overcome intersecting legacies of racial inequality at Texas A&M.

Links to useful resources

Reading Recommendations by Historians and Scholars

(these books are also available as ebooks from TAMU Libraries)

 

 Reading Lists Curated by Scholars

Projects and Initiatives

1619 Project, New York Times
The Pulitzer Prize Winning project that examined the history of slavery, violence, and racial oppression in the United States.

Equal Justice Initiative
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

The Marshall Project
The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. We achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums. In all of our work we strive to educate and enlarge the audience of people who care about the state of criminal justice

Slave Voyages
This digital memorial raises questions about the largest slave trades in history and offers access to the documentation available to answer them.

Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood
The complicated past and the paradoxical relationship between slavery and freedom in the nation’s capital


Podcasts

 

Films/Documentaries

Thoughts on Confederate Monuments by Scholars

 

Self-care resources