(CAMPUS REFORM) – In the wake of two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that took the lives of more than 30 people, University of California-Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ sent a university-wide email demanding politicians take “concrete steps to remove weapons of war.”
Initially, the email strikes a mournful and empathetic tone. It calls the UC-Berkeley community to “open our hearts” and “offer condolences to the friends, family, and colleagues of those who were slaughtered over the weekend.” Christ goes on to say “we cannot and must not, turn a blind eye to emerging evidence suggesting that at least one of these despicable acts was motivated by hatred and loathing for immigrants.”
However, midway through the second paragraph of the email, Christ strikes a wholly different tone.
“We cannot be satisfied with words of sympathy and remorse from our political leaders. Now, more than ever, we must demand concrete steps to remove weapons of war from our midst,” Christ says.
After expressing her antipathy for political leaders she deems inactive, the chancellor made an appeal for unity: “Now, more than ever, we must unite and confront with determination and resolve the forces of hatred, intolerance, and division.”