Dear English Majors, Minors, and Graduate Students,
The events across the country and here in our city have spurred us, your teachers, to take a stand with you. We, the undersigned members of the Department of English, unequivocally, fully, and completely stand with the protesters, our students, and the residents of the city of Milwaukee in affirming that Black Lives Matter and that police brutality, systemic racism, and economic injustice must end now.
As those privileged to be your educators, we state that we are committed to anti-racism. We strive for total equity in the department and the university on the whole. And we pledge to make the department a model of justice.
The English Department is a proud part not only of the university but the city of Milwaukee. It is, therefore, our civic duty and our role as public teachers to demand the full elimination of the social and economic injustices that plague our city, our state, and our country. We stand with you, and we stand with the marchers.
We are humbled by the power of so many voices coming together in the city. We are honored to be your instructors. And we are always, but especially now, deeply proud to be a part of the diverse city of Milwaukee.
Mary Louise Buley-Meissner