NCFR's Racial Justice Work Continues Following Chauvin Trial
On April 20, 2021, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted for the murder of George Floyd, an incident that sparked protests and calls for racial justice worldwide.
While the jury has rendered its verdict in this trial, and has hopefully brought comfort for the family and loved ones of Mr. Floyd, the work of racial justice in the U.S. has only just begun. The weeks of the trial and subsequent deaths of Black lives serve as a stark reminder of the systemic and unequal treatment of People of Color. NCFR members and the organization as a whole, are challenged to continue to dismantle White supremacy and build an antiracist society.
As NCFR President Leigh Leslie wrote in response to George Floyd's death, "Progress on both these realities may be slow, but the work is so important, and I hope that we as a nation, a discipline, and an organization are up to the challenges."
As a continuation of its racial justice initiative, to both listen and take action, the NCFR Board of Directors calls upon NCFR members to submit resources relevant to promoting racial justice in Family Science in six areas. These resources will be curated on the NCFR website for use in research, practice, and teaching as well as in places of employment.
NCFR's racial justice work will also continue in several other ways in 2021 and beyond:
- Resource collections addressing racism will continue to be maintained and updated.
- The NCFR Student Access Grant is now available for a second year for new and existing members from historically marginalized racial or ethnic populations.
- 2021 conference sessions will address many of the underlying inequities made visible by antiracial violence in 2020, including plenary presentations by three esteemed Black women scholars in the family field.
- NCFR will continue to offer webinars addressing matters of race and racism, such as the recent webinar, Toward Dismantling Family Privilege and White Supremacy in Family Science (now available on demand).
- Past webinars on topics of race and racism can be accessed on demand here.
- Classroom and departmental use licenses are available for all NCFR webinars.