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Statement from Dr. Ibram Kendi on Confederate flag posters

September 27, 2017
1:24 a.m.

I write to AU students, especially students of color and Jewish students, who may be feeling yet another rush of fear from tonight's posters. This is the latest attempt on this campus to frighten our community, as groups are trying to frighten other communities around the country. I want you to know that you are a model of triumph—and when you triumph you become a threat to people who would rather you fail. The history of your successes is the history of racist terror. If they can't keep you down by discrimination, then they have attempted to keep you down by terror, by instilling fear in you, in me. But it is normal for us to be fearful. Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the strength to do what is right in the face of it. In the coming days and weeks and months, no matter what happens, let's gather that strength together. Do not let these terrorists slow you down, fear you down. I am with you and I love you.