Statement of Solidarity and Allyship

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Volume 89 Board and Staff

Over the last several days, we have witnessed more examples of the continued state-sanctioned violence and systemic racism that the Black community faces on a daily basis in this country. Protests and riots have erupted around the country and demands for change persist.

The Fordham Law Review expresses deep solidarity with our peers in the Black community. We condemn this continued systemic racism that the Black community faces not just in our nation but also in our very own community. Thus, the Fordham Law Review commits to showing up as allies also in our own law school. It is unacceptable that Black students continue to endure pain in these spaces. It is unacceptable that Black students must be the ones calling out problematic behavior in the classroom and in the administration. It is unacceptable that Black students lack visibility and support here. Simply put: Black lives matter.

But, words are not enough. As allies, with power and privilege, we must act. And we must act now.

This week, the Fordham Law Review will be sharing different resources that we as allies can employ to show up for the Black community and fight anti-blackness, especially in the legal field and in law school. From engaging in conversations in our personal and professional circles and calling out our own biases and privilege, to donating to organizations devoted to uplifting the Black community; from demanding justice for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Elijah McCain, David McAtee, and Tony McDade, to advocating for change at the local, state, and national level, we hope these resources serve as a starting point to address issues of anti-blackness and the continued systemic racism toward the Black community.

In Solidarity,

The Volume 89 Board and Staff