This is the update for Saturday, May 30, 2020.
There is no new information regarding cases in Madison County or Kentucky. The KY websites are not updated on the weekends.
I am running the following statement again because the unrest surrounding these new injustices is continuing and growing and because many more leaders at Berea wish to be listed as signatories. On Monday, I am planning to send it to the Berea Citizen and other newspapers in Kentucky. If any other Bereans, faculty, staff, students, retirees or alumni, wish to join as signatories, please send me an email:
This week, our nation has been roiled yet again by the videotaped killing on an unarmed African American man: George Floyd. In our own beloved Kentucky, protestors are marching for justice for Breonna Taylor, an African American woman shot in her own home by the police. Even in the midst of a pandemic, people of color remain targets, often with little recourse. Christian Cooper was bird watching in Central Park this past weekend, and asked a young woman to put her dog on a leash, which was required in that park. Instead, she told him that she was going to “call the police and tell them that an African American man was threatening her and her dog.” The message was clear—Mr. Cooper would be perceived by the police as a threat to her, and would, subsequently, be punished.
In 1857, the United States Supreme Court made a decision that, it seems, follows to this day. After an enslaved man, Dred Scott, sued for his freedom after being taken by his “owner” into what was then a “free” territory, the court wrote that “They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order…: and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect:…” (Dred Scott, 60 U.S.at 407). Today, we stand as a nation stand at a moment when we must decide if the language of the Dred Scott Decision will guide our future, or the language of The Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all (men) peoples are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…” Here at Berea College, we have long stood on the side of justice, and today, we remain steadfast, holding to the motto of our Founder, the great Abolitionist Reverend John G. Fee, taken from Acts: 17:26, “God has made of One Blood All Peoples of the Earth.” Berea College remains steadfast in its support of all marginalized communities and peoples, and we ask that all Bereans remember these individuals—that we remember their names and their stories. That we never forget that we are, indeed, one blood.
Officers of the College: Lyle Roelofs, Linda Strong-Leek, Channell Barbour, Chad Berry, Sylvia Asante, Derrick Singleton, Phillip Logsdon, Matt Saderholm, Teri Thompson, Judge Wilson
Trustees of the College: Robert Yahng (Chair), Vance Blade (Vice Chair), Celeste Armstrong, Charlotte Beason, Anne Bonnyman, David H. Chow, Charles Crowe, Elizabeth Culbreth, Samantha Earp, John Fleming, Mike Flowers, Nana Lampton, Miriam Pride, Dennis Roop, David Sloan, Diane Wallace
Stay safe, stay healthy, everyone,
Lyle Roelofs, President