Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: November 13, 2015
Sen. Anastasia Pittman
Pittman cites Univ. of Missouri, Yale events as examples of need
for diversity and inclusion
This week, State Sen. Anastasia Pittman, D-Oklahoma City,
issued the following statement in response to the recent events at
the University of Missouri and Yale campuses.
“Recent events across the nation should serve as a wake-up
call. The student backlash at the University of Missouri over equality
and inclusion and the Yale University incident concerning the “white
girls only” invitation to the SAE function are unfortunate
reminders that racism is still very much alive in our nation and
on many college campuses. These students have endured threats, public
demonstrations, and lack of support for the issues that they are
attempting to address.
“I commend University of Oklahoma President David Boren, recently
appointed Vice President of Diversity Jabar Shumate, and the students
at OU for their focused effort to lead the nation in reconciliation,
diversity and inclusion. The SAE incident this past spring at OU
cast a national spotlight on the lack of racial tolerance and diversity.
Oklahoma is showing the difference civic, student and religious
leaders working together and leading by example can make for the
future of our country.
“We’ve heard the national cry to eliminate racial and
gender bias and we’ve witnessed the proof over and over again
across the country, most recently this week, at the University of
Missouri. Even though we as a nation have come far in our journey
toward racial equality, we still have a long way to go. This is
a systemic issue and we need to continue focusing on changing the
policies that perpetuate institutional bias and structural racism.
“The rest of the world is watching us. We should revisit the
color-blind perspective and become color-brave, have courageous
conversations and establish policies that require diversity training
for employers, educators and administrators. We should also strive
to foster an environment that contributes time and talent to make
America a better place for everyone, regardless of race or gender.
Our focus should remain on healing and hope, and not let hate become
the lasting legacy of our nation.”
For the past three years, Pittman has participated in the National
Quad Caucus hosted by the National Caucus of State Legislators,
and sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation to improve race relations
and seek solutions for diversity and inclusion. Recently, the Casey
Foundation has become a sponsor to help apply the Race Equity Assessment
Tool to identify issues of equality that impact minority communities.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Pittman: (405) 521-5531