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Statements from Chancellor Ronnie Green, President Hank Bounds on events in Charlottesville, Virginia
On Aug. 14, 2017, University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor Ronnie D. Green issued the following message to faculty, staff, students and supporters of the university regarding the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln family,
The events of this weekend in my home state of Virginia should jar us all to our core, as they certainly did for our family. We are left asking the question of why and how such blatant and overt hate can exist in our world, much less here in our American democracy, which is built upon freedom and equality for all.
What we need is more love and less hate, more respect and less anger, more understanding and less judgment, more civility and less hostility, more unity and less division, more desire to understand and learn from our past and less desire to destroy or hide it, more inclusion and less exclusion, more building up and less tearing down. More shared humanity and service as we build an ever better world for all.
I wish to echo President Bounds in my hope that we will all dig deep to live by values of dignity, respect and shared humanity every day and every hour. All the while, our thoughts, prayers and support are with our colleagues at the University of Virginia and the citizens of Charlottesville, especially those experiencing loss of life and physical and emotional trauma.
We must rise above vile hate, indecency, racism and bigotry.
Ronnie D. Green, Ph.D. Chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
On Aug. 13, 2017, Hank Bounds, president of the University of Nebraska system, issued the following statement regarding the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend.
“Susie and I are praying for those killed and injured during this weekend’s rallies in Charlottesville. We are sickened by this senseless violence and by the racist, white supremacist and Neo-Nazi beliefs on display. These disgusting beliefs violate the most basic principles of decency and our shared humanity.
“The University of Nebraska stands with our colleagues at the University of Virginia who are working to keep their community safe, protect the First Amendment rights of all who come to campus, and reject hateful ideology and violence in the strongest possible terms. We are similarly committed to tolerance and inclusion, open and respectful dialogue and the safety and well-being of every member of our community. As we begin a new school year, I hope the entire University of Nebraska family will ask ourselves what more we can do to put those values into action. We have work to do – but I am confident that if each of us recommits to doing all we can to make our campuses safe and welcoming places for every student, employee and Nebraskan who comes here, we will become an even stronger university.”