Statement: Black Lives Matter

In light of the recent protests triggered by the brutal death of George Floyd on 25 May, we, the JCR, MCR, Staff, Warden and Fellows, wish to state publicly Merton's opposition to racism and inequality in all of its forms. We condemn the indefensible use of force that resulted in George Floyd's death and are saddened that his name is but one in a long list of people who have been killed, harmed, or have suffered as a consequence of their race. As part of a world-class university, we recognise our privileged position and the scope that this provides for us all to take personal and collective action against all acts of racial injustice. We believe that institutions like ours must promote diversity and support Black communities. Merton recognises that it must take active and concrete steps towards improving its diversity profile, and we will work tirelessly towards that goal. By making further concerted efforts to welcome diversity amongst our students, fellows, and staff, and by taking such steps to ensure that all members of our community are supported, heard, valued and respected, we can challenge any instances of racial and other injustices to ensure our Black community thrives. We believe that it is part of making progress towards a more just society, in Oxford and beyond. We encourage everyone to engage with this issue and to signal your support through petitions, donations and, importantly, through education and knowledge.

As a college we denounce racism and discrimination in all its forms. Together, we will do all we can to help with the dismantling of structural and systemic racism, wherever, and however deeply entrenched, it may be. For all Mertonians, Black Lives Matter, and we are committed to working together to ensure that Merton is inclusive and welcoming to all.

The JCR, MCR, Staff, Warden and Fellows of Merton College