We, the members of the Philosophy Department at Cal Poly, abhor and condemn the recent alleged racism and acts of anti-homosexuality at the Crops House. We believe that such acts belittle, offend, and strike fear in valued members of the Cal Poly community for no good reason. As philosophers and religious studies scholars, we are committed to working with students in the pursuit of intellectual virtue and truth. We will continue to work hard to cultivate an academic environment both inside and outside of the classroom that is genuinely respectful of all persons. And we will continue to work against oppression on our campus and elsewhere.
In closing, we support Dean Halisky’s call for a university-wide enquiry to consider: (1) As a university community, what are our responsibilities when hurtful actions or speech are intentional? (2) What are our responsibilities when they result from thoughtlessness or carelessness? (3) What do we do if they come from ignorance?
-- Keith Abney, Laura Andes, Linda Bomstad, Ken Brown, Judith Cross, Francisco Fernflores, Rachel Fernflores, Rich Graziano, Devin Kuhn, - Patrick Lin, Stephen Lloyd-Moffett, Todd Long, Joe Lynch, Tal Scriven