2020 Summer Research Series
This summer, in light of the recent surge of anti-Black racism, we launched a research series focused on Black labor. The United States has benefited from the arduous labor of the black community for centuries while imposing segregated policies and perpetuating racism. Despite the outlaw of slavery by the 13th amendment in 1865, institutional racism has continued to drive the exploitation of black labor and limit opportunities for socio-economic growth.
The senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless other victims of state-sanctioned violence and anti-black racism have made it clear that now more than ever, anti-racist work is necessary on a personal as well as institutional level. We support the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms and support those who seek justice through protests across our country. Through this initiative, we hope to educate our members as well as the greater Cornell community.
As an organization that aims to give students a platform to dissect changes and problems in the workforce, we believe the Black Lives Matter movement is inextricably linked to our mission, and we would like to use our resources and platform to further the work that is already being done.