To the Amherst Community
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001
In light of recent attacks, both verbal and physical, around the country on
Muslims and people mistaken for Muslims, I write to affirm the College's Statement
on Respect for Persons and to urge support for those members of our community
who might be subject to such attacks in the wider world. We at Amherst pride ourselves
not only on the variety of people who come here to study and to work, but also
on the care and concern that each of us brings towards all of the rest. This is
a small community and a close one. All of us take some pride in the connections
we have with one another. In these days of national crisis, when emotions run
high, our ties to one another should be nurtured and strengthened and not neglected,
taken for granted or, worse, breached entirely. Institutions like this can serve
as models of civil discourse about the most difficult and divisive issues we face.
We need to remember, daily, to give solace and support towards any and all members
of our community affected, directly or indirectly, by the complex aftermath of
our great national tragedy.