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To the Amherst Community

Tom Gerety
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.