This past week has seen profound grief, anger, and engagement by communities across the nation. The Carpenter Center stands in solidarity with our black artists, patrons, campus colleagues, students and community in demanding change, accountability, and reform.
The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others deserve more than our present attention. Brutality and racism—and the disproportionate suffering inflicted on communities of color by COVID-19 and the economic crisis—are real and ongoing.
We support change in our institutions, our campus, and in ourselves. In the words of CSULB President Jane Close Conoley, “We can do better. We must do better. We will do better.”
Megan Kline Crockett
P.S. We are canceling tomorrow's Shakespeare Aloud reading, but invite you to join us on our usual Shakespeare Zoom call for an open conversation about overcoming racism, and how we as individuals and arts organizations can do better.