Remarks from SEWSA President, Phyllis Thompson, on the
April 30 UNC-Charlotte Shooting
Tuesday evening’s shooting on the campus of UNC-Charlotte that took the lives of Riley C. Howell (Waynesville, NC) and Ellis Reed Parlier (Midland, NC) and injured Rami Alramadhan (Saudi Arabia), Sean Dehart (Apex, NC), Emily Houpt (Charlotte, NC), and Drew Pescaro (Apex, NC) is the latest in a growing list of violent attacks on university campuses and other spaces where people gather for study, meditation, worship, entertainment, leisure time, and community building. The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association mourns the victims, who were attacked as they were walking to and from their final exams, looking forward to summer holidays, graduations, bright futures, and new adventures. We grieve with their families and friends. We wait with those who are still recovering in the hospital from injuries. The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association denounces the shootings and calls for an end to violence against racial, ethnic, sex, gender, and religious minorities. We know that racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, and homophobic attacks are increasingly prevalent in the South, across the U.S., and world. We renew our commitment to cultivating a land of radical belonging. We stand for progressive policies that honor, respect, and provide justice for all people.
Phyllis Thompson, SEWSA President
May 1, 2019