Black Lives Matter Solidarity Statement
In line with our commitment to social justice, anti-imperialism and a world free of conflict, we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. In recent months, Americans across the nation, and people around the globe, have called on all to resist injustices wrought by conquest, slavery and institutionalized racism and to recognize our shared humanity. Appalled by the power of those who kill others with impunity, we denounce as well those who have stood by in silence while others died.
Together, many who rallied behind Black lives and against the brutal murders of Black Americans—most recently, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Rayshard Brooks—have shown how oppressive legacies can and must be changed. For more than a decade at the War Legacies Project, this vision that enduring legacies should be likewise mitigated and one day eliminated, has also guided our work of redressing war damages in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Today, we take inspiration from the momentum of recent mobilizations centering Black lives.
Martin Luther King Jr. once urged, “ultimately coming to see that the problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together.” The twentieth century underscored how U.S.-European empire has remained entangled with systemic anti-blackness and state violence. We thus advocate for a global effort to challenge legacies that continue to threaten those most vulnerable and historically injured.
Our pledge is to join with #BlackLivesMatter and other movements that advocate for an end to the violences and inhumanity of both white supremacy and war.