The Student Government Association Executive Board condemns the reprehensible act of bigotry carried out against the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, the Jewish community, and the entire Emory community. The individuals responsible have sickened us.
Emory students engage in conversations about our differences. In our classrooms, social clubs, athletic teams, and student organizations, we affirm each others’ identities. In everything we do, we strive for courageous inquiry. Used in this way, the swastika represents the systematic silencing and murder of human beings because of their identities. In this context, there is nothing courageous about a swastika.
We are committed to making sure that this moment of anger is a springboard for action, and that all people and all communities at Emory feel supported and safe on our campus.
We invite you to wear blue on Monday in support of Emory’s Jewish community and the rights of all people to live freely and safely.
October 6 – This statement has been updated to reflect the cultural and religious significance of the swastika symbol which endured for thousands of years before the common modern interpretation was assigned to it through the atrocities committed before and during the Second World War.
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