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We Grieve for Robert Fuller and Malcolm Harsch

June 17, 2020

Dear Michigan Social Work Community,

Today, we name Robert Fuller and Malcolm Harsch. We grieve with their families and with too many other families facing similar loss.  We endorse the further investigations of their deaths which are overseen by the FBI and the state of California.  At the same time, we know that many in our SSW community feel tired, scared and outraged about these deaths in the midst of so many others in our nation. The number of deaths and frequency of violence towards Black men and women make some worry about the potential futility of efforts to stand up against white supremacy and anti-racism.  We cannot be discouraged.  We call on everyone, and especially our white social work colleagues, not to close our eyes and look away. Being anti-racist is an active state of being. We must continue to work towards all that is just. 

In solidarity (in word and action),

Larry Gant, Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program, and Professor of Social Work
Lorraine Gutiérrez, Associate Dean for Educational Programs and Professor of Social Work
Barbara Hiltz, MSW Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work 
Lynn Videka, Dean and Carol T. Mowbray Collegiate Professor of Social Work



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