As the editorial board of The Pine Log, we would like to take a moment to address with great sadness and anger the reason for the current protests that are taking place across the country.
The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others are the heartbreaking proof that there is a flawed system in place in our country. This is not what law enforcement should be, and they deserve justice. Their families deserve justice. As the protests continue, remember - buildings and businesses can be replaced and rebuilt. Lives cannot.
This past February, we ran an editorial on the cover of the paper reminding students that supporting the black community is not limited to one month in the year. They should be supported always. What we wrote then is still relevant in the midst of the protests today; “We, as students of SFA, need to support the black community no matter what. We also should do it with respect.”
We cannot become discouraged by what we are seeing on the news and through social media. We have the capacity to change everything. As we have said in the past, we must hold our peers responsible for their words and actions. We must choose to live the SFA Way both on campus, in Nacogdoches and at home, no matter how far away. We will continue to expect this from our fellow Lumberjacks.
As the independent voice of our University, we will continue to stand in solidarity with the black community and promote diversity and inclusivity on campus.
Black Lives Matter.