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SEM Position Statement in Response to the August 2017 Events in Charlottesville, Virginia

Wednesday, August 23, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephen Stuempfle
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The following statement was approved by the SEM Board and SEM Council on August 23, 2017.


The aftershocks of racism, bigotry, hatred, and violence experienced in the city of Charlottesville earlier this month are abhorrent to the values and
central ethical concerns of the Society for Ethnomusicology. As a Society, we reject the rhetoric and hateful ideologies of anti-Semitism, white supremacy, nativism, and homophobia. We condemn the divisive actions of those who violently target values we hold as incontrovertible. Our academic Society values and supports free speech and reason, non-violence, civility, diversity, and inclusion, and we will continue to actively seek out collective opportunities to engage, respond, and act deeply and thoroughly in support of these values.

The Society for Ethnomusicology is a place where all are welcome, celebrated, and safe, and where each person has the power to elevate the whole. Last week SEM issued a
Call for “Music and Social Justice Resources after Charlottesville.” We are committed to the ongoing development of our Social Justice Resources Project, and as a Society we will continue to foster solutions that forge public responses and support the plurality of our membership.

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