I am proud to see strong leadership from Eric Barron, the president of my alma mater.
I stand with him, the students in protest and every person who is willing to challenge what is happening in our country.
Barron’s gesture of solidarity with black people in the United States is noble.
In 2012, police officers, security guards and “vigilantes” extrajudicially killed at least 313 black people. If you like math, that’s an average of one person every 28 hours. These lives matter. Black lives matter.
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Universities have historically been a rallying point for societal change. Barron, as Penn State’s leader, has done that legacy proud.
University leaders have a responsibility to nurture moral transformations. I hope the university continues with a stance that values the lives of all humans, recognizing that some bear a disproportionate amount of injustice.