The Association of University Presses joins the American Historical Association (AHA) and other organizations in condemning the numerous bomb threats received by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) during early 2022.
“Directed at pillars of Black higher education, the threats strike at the heart not only of the aspirations of Black students and the work of Black faculty and staff,” writes the AHA, “but also at the ideal of higher education itself.”
We recognize the centuries-long legacy of these racist threats and deplore their violent and intimidating impacts on individuals and the educational institutions that are integral to a diverse, free, informed, and open society. The freedom of inquiry, core to the Association’s values and the mission of higher education institutions, is directly harmed in an environment of terroristic disruptions and imposed fear.
The full statement and list of signatories is available here.