RALPH CARTER '14
"Some say we are in the midst of a national racial awakening prompted by Mr. Floyd’s murder. For Black and Brown Americans, though, his killing is but a particularly bleak reminder that for too long we have all permitted police departments to treat us not as fellow citizens, but as enemy combatants to be controlled and neutralized."
BETH DO '21
"When people talk about race, I always wonder about those moments—the ones that are not TV-worthy because they are so common. The memories of shame linger, settling deep into your skin, reminding you that you are the 'other.' They whisper that you are not worthy, that no matter your accomplishments or titles, you do not belong."
PROFESSOR CATHERINE BAYLIN DURYEA
"In my courses on Administrative Law, students don’t necessarily expect to encounter structural racism in the course material. But law is about power, and administrative law governs the process by which that power is translated into regulations that impact people's daily lives."
Mohammed Hassan '21
"Many people I know do not know what to do because they are anxious or afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing or not knowing what to say or do. But that is why we educate ourselves and continue to learn and, in the interim, we cannot allow lack of knowledge or fear to be a reason not to take action."
RYAN IGLESIAS '21
"Thoreau imparted the following wisdom: 'There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.' And so, to answer the question asked of the St. John’s Law community on our recent Dialogue Day—What are we going to do? I posit that we stop hacking at the branches and hack at the roots; we educate, we create, we participate."
MICHELLE JOHNSON '05
"As a country comprised of inherently good people and a Law School community bonded by an institution whose mission is to respect the rights of every person and mitigate social injustice, I remain hopeful that we will find strength and resolve to begin to have conversations about many topics which have polarized our nation—including the disparate impacts of race on the lives of Black and Brown people—in order to heal."
Director of Public Interest Programming ASHLEIGH KASHIMAWO
"For nearly 20 years I have straightened my hair for job interviews. And I am here to tell you that my curly hair is professional. Braids, locs, big hair, short hair, dyed hair, natural hair, wigs, and weaves are all professional. Our knowledge, preparedness, education, and skills make us professional, not our imitation of whiteness."
ALAIN MASSENA '00
"The constant drumbeat of progressive, radical, and imaginative initiatives for equality and justice must continue to flow. Unfortunately, our efforts will fall short of the stars and the moon without the collective will of a nation to aim our next moonshot at the heart of racism in America."
Catherine Sims '14C, '15G, '22L
"While none of us created the present oppressive system, we are all equally responsible for using resources to educate ourselves about our identities and our roles in upholding the system. We all are responsible for unlearning behaviors that do not center marginalized communities. However, the learning process is not just an intellectual exercise. It requires us to connect with our history in a different way and view our daily experiences through a different lens."
WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK
We hope you found this special digital edition of St. John's Law magazine featuring the Anti-Racism Essay Project informative and meaningful. As always, we welcome your feedback. You can email Lori Herz, the Law School's Director of Communications and the Essay Project's creator and editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.