Yesterday afternoon the University community gathered in front of the Dayton Memorial Library to declare that “enough is enough” and that hate—as exhibited by the hateful fliers found on campus this week—has no home at Regis. We heard from students, faculty and other members of the Regis community. The following words were shared by Barbara J. Wilcots, Ph.D., Regis’ vice president of Student Affairs. –Regis Today editors
Like you, I am disappointed and angered that members of our Regis family have been subjected to the hateful and divisive messages of white nationalism—acts by a coward who feels comfortable desecrating our academic home. I am disappointed and angered that hatred and cowardice seem never to rest. I am disappointed and angered that the racism we face today is very much the same as the affronts to our human dignity that we have suffered in the past—indignities that we have endured for far too long. I had hoped for a better future for your generation.
Yet, I am not without hope. In fact, I am encouraged because of you. When I see our community come together, stand together in solidarity, I know that hatred cannot win. Hatred is strengthened, emboldened by indifference and inaction, by the moral inertia that has our nation in its grasp and causes too many to sit idly by or fan the flames of hatred while evil flourishes.
I am heartened to see that moral inertia has no place here. Every time we own up to and confront our problems, when we acknowledge the existence of the evil of racism among us, when we refuse to let hate masquerade as white pride, when we have the courage to say “NOT ON OUR CAMPUS,” we diminish the power of hatred. We begin to build a community in which all are welcomed, loved, and valued.
We must continue to speak out, to live our values of love and inclusion, to stand together unbroken and unbowed. Only then can the words of Theodore Parker, a 19th century abolitionist and minister, come true—words that became the mantra of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama after him—words that give us hope: “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”
Please know that the Student Affairs Division, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the President’s Office stand with you as resources in our shared struggle for peace and justice.
By Barbara J. Wilcots, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs
Published Nov. 8, 2018