Dear MJIA Community,
The Michigan Journal of International Affairs (MJIA) stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and with protests throughout the country, and the world. We condemn the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, as well as the murders of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, the latest developments in a four-hundred year history of inequality. Protests echoing the same calls of Black Lives Matter can now be seen in nearly every major world city, from Paris to Auckland. Opposing systemic racism requires a united front, both on the national and international level. MJIA urges the global U-M community to make their voices heard and stand up against injustice in every form.
We recognize that our club can do better. While we write about a plethora of peoples and cultures, our membership has not always reflected this. We commit to having an ongoing conversation about how we can better support marginalized communities and global justice. As such, we plan to communicate a list of action items in the coming weeks in an attempt to make our journal more reflective of our values. We welcome all constructive criticism and feedback.
While taking steps to improve internally, we also aim to generate a broader impact by making a donation to an organization fighting against police brutality, and we will post an update when we do so. As Nelson Mandela said, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Black Lives Matter.
--MJIA Executive Board