Peter A. Joy, JD, Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law Now that the grand jury has decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year old man, there remain many questions about this grand jury and generally about the use of grand juries in the United States. The fact […]
Dear members of the Washington University community, As the calendar year comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on how 2015 began, with hundreds of members of our community coming together in February to explore issues related to race, racism, diversity and inclusion. During our Day of Discovery and Dialogue, we had candid and […]
Among the great strengths of our university are the bonds that hold us together. During troubling times, we call on each other for support and look for opportunities to grow.
Young people nowadays would stand to benefit from those of us with resources to listen to them, and to employ our assets in accord with their interests.
Brown’s death has become a marker: shorthand for an array of urban and suburban ills.
What we are experiencing is an American problem; we are in dire need of civility to move us to resolution.
The seemingly innate biases so many of us carry have not eroded — they still abound in our daily lives and the world around us.
The stakes are high for Marvel and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates to do Black Panther well.
Stand up for righteousness. Stand up for justice. Stand up for truth, knowing that we all will be free one day.
A discussion on the intersectionality of #BlackLivesMatter, living and teaching in St. Louis a year after Mike Brown’s killing.
It is important for us to consider long-term goals. But it is also clear we need emergency intervention.
There are many Fergusons on the horizon. Herein lies America’s challenge, as well as her opportunity.
The issues that affect us may be different, but no deed is too small if everyone is contributing to improve the world we live in.
Hopeless situations need not stay that way. But meaningful change requires more than structural fixes, legal fights, and opinion pieces.
Together, [my son] and I got him and me through his teen years, the years that Michael Brown would not live through.
The choice of voting procedure can have a profound impact on whether an elected body is representative of its constituency.
No one should have to teach their children this in the USA.
We must demand just, fair and compassionate treatment for all youth.
How do I prepare a jewel of five years for a lifetime of society that is not prepared for him?
The Black Lives Matter movement is calling for fundamental change. But all elites are offering is tepid reform.
Ferguson continues to work toward healing and define common goals, in many cases with the help of religious leaders and institutions.
Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere, have raised fundamental questions concerning justice, race and urban life. Please join us as Washington University faculty from Classics, History, Architecture and English and African-American Studies, examine related questions in a series of lectures in Washington University’s Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) Saturday Lecture Series, running throughout February. […]
Pursuing justice requires more than reading, lamenting, writing, and speaking.
The public forum is essential to our democratic experiment.
It is important to restore both fairness and the appearance of fairness to the grand jury process.
Our community can be a force for positive change.
To the world, it seemed as if Ferguson and St. Louis were rapidly descending into hell.
The knowledge, passion and commitment of our students, faculty and staff are needed now, more than ever.
We stand for justice by engaging the spectrum of political action.
Local faith leaders want unity for all people.
The single most important question St. Louis faces is: “What now?”
We will resume normal operations tomorrow.
The law that structures our society kills people. Some of the people it kills are innocent.
West Campus will reopen on Wednesday, November 26.
The challenges we face as a region are real and tremendously difficult.
Challenging racism requires more than just changing the actions of individual political agents.
It is my greatest wish that the St. Louis region, as a whole, will respond thoughtfully, respectfully, peacefully and with open minds as we move toward becoming a better, more unified community.
My hope remains that we will commit to finding meaningful ways to heal and work toward a stronger and more engaged community.
Washington University’s West Campus will be closed on Tuesday, November 25.
This continues to be a fluid situation, however we are doing our best to pass along credible information as we have it and to respond to the needs of our community.
My hope is for a peaceful and meaningful response to whatever the decision may be, and then a turn to the hard work ahead.
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Giving “all” of the evidence to the grand jury without any recommendation from the prosecutor presents at least two potential problems.
“Perspectives” is a small-group open forum for members of the School of Medicine community to talk.
As always, we continue to hope for a peaceful resolution to the tension we’ve experienced since August. At the same time, we are taking this situation very seriously.
As we anticipate a decision from the grand jury in police officer Darren Wilson’s case, we have taken every precaution to maintain the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.