George Floyd Mural The History Department stands with the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the many other voices within the CU Boulder community to condemn racism and police brutality and to recognize our need to do more as members of the campus community to assume our full responsibility for ending these historical patterns of injustice and violence. As the American Historical Association notes in its compelling statement on “The History of Racist Violence in the United States,” historians have a particularly important role to play in communicating the deep-historical nature of the troubling patterns of racism before us, and in upholding a core value of the humanities: a studied commitment to what it means to be humane in a world of difference.

Read the full text of History Chair Paul Sutter’s letter to the department.