The Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA) mourns the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice and countless others who have lost their lives due to police violence. We condemn racialized terror and the oppression of Black people and stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and other social movements that are working to address the pernicious effects of systemic racism on society. We urge our scholarly community to listen to and learn from those who experience racism. Academic organizations such as ours that bring together scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines and backgrounds must contribute to the cultivation of the critical dialogues that are essential to addressing these entrenched injustices and the development of lasting and equitable solutions. To that end, we encourage Modern Greek Programs to incorporate anti-racist pedagogies and activities that contribute to raising consciousness about the experiences of those whose lives are negatively impacted by racism.
—MGSA Executive Board, 2 July, 2020