“[T]he University seeks to cultivate in its students not only an appreciation for the great achievements of human beings, but also a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice, and oppression that burden the lives of so many. The aim is to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.”
– Excerpt from the University of Notre Dame’s Mission Statement
For far too long, the University of Notre Dame has fallen short of its Mission Statement declaration to recognize injustice and oppression and to serve justice and the common good when it comes to racial politics on its own grounds. This failure to respond to pleas from the marginalized on campus has come to a crisis point in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and Black Lives Matter protests, as a flood of testimonials, statements from clubs and student government, and petitions illustrate. The Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) acknowledges its own failures to contribute sufficiently to these long-overdue commitments at Notre Dame.
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