Statement from The board of The Davis Phoenix Coalition
Early in the academic season the UCD campus was subjected to anti-Semitic flyers referencing the Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court. The specific content was typical white supremacist rhetoric that has sadly become familiar narrative lately. For students that have been on campus these last two years these flyers are a demoralizing reminder of the state of the world they are about to inherit. For new students it is an unsettling introduction to a location they must call home for the foreseeable future. How we respond as a community can and must make a difference to these young people.
While it is never a good time to be assailed by hateful propaganda, this comes at a particularly low period for communities fighting to hold onto values that celebrate diversity, inclusion and common respect for all. We are, many of us, worn down by weeks and months of postcarding, marching, candle holding, phone calling. The condition of our lawn signs, windblown and weather worn, reflect the weariness of our spirits. Many felt betrayed as they watched in horror the brutal pummeling of the supreme court nomination process; considered our bastion of equity and safety.
However, it is these moments, when foundations crack, when paradigms are broadsided, that allow us to coalesce into the best versions of ourselves. We must do this now. We must hold a beautiful space for our young people to grow in. We must send the message through the miles to parents that left their hopes in our backyard that their children are safe.
We are a community with a safety net of resilience created by interfaith celebrations; nonprofits that grow culture competency; promote nonviolence; care for the elderly; help battered women find their voices; welcome immigrants; support democracy and shine light on the marginalized. We are a community that lives our aspirations and through that action creates a place where hate has no home.