In solidarity with the Black community: A letter from the editors

June 3, 2020, 2:25 p.m.

The Stanford Daily stands in solidarity with the Black community. We acknowledge that it’s easy to make a statement of support — it’s harder to back that up with action. In this historic moment, we have a particular obligation to report and publish on the ongoing movements and protests. However, we have an even greater responsibility to listen to and support the community we serve. Black communities are making themselves heard around the world — and we are listening, with a commitment to amplifying these perspectives in our publication not just in times of crisis, but at all times in the future. We recognize the power of journalism and our ability to use our platform to uplift Black voices and narratives.

We also recognize the responsibility that such power brings. To that end, we acknowledge the difficult relationship between the media and Black community members, particularly at Stanford. We do not pretend to fully understand the experiences of Stanford’s Black community, but we know we can do more to diversify our coverage, engage with our community respectfully and make our organization as welcoming to Black community members as possible. We acknowledge that we have not adequately addressed these measures in the past, but this is no excuse for inaction in the present. The Daily would be nothing without its readers, its contributors and its critics, and we welcome any feedback on how we can more proactively share voices from Stanford’s Black community in the future. Doing so will be a priority moving forward.

Right now, though, our publication joins millions of Americans in demanding accountability for police violence and participating in the ongoing struggle for racial justice. The Daily’s editorial board has compiled a non-exhaustive list of resources and materials specific to the Stanford community and the Bay Area. Included are links to donate to bail funds, find essential readings in African and African American studies and act in other important ways to engage the Stanford community in a more lasting effort toward racial justice. We are using these resources to reflect, educate and better The Daily for our Stanford community — we hope you share in this goal. 

Read the Editorial Board resources article here.

Holden Foreman ’21, editor-in-chief
Liz Lindqwister ’21, deputy editor
Claire Dinshaw ’21, opinions editor
Adrian Liu ’20, opinions editor
Layo Laniyan ’22, opinions desk editor

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The Daily is committed to publishing a diversity of op-eds and letters to the editor. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Email letters to the editor to eic ‘at’ and op-ed submissions to opinions ‘at’ 

Holden Foreman '21 was the Vol. 258-59 chief technology officer. Holden was president and editor-in-chief in Vol. 257, executive editor (vice president) in Vol. 256, managing editor of news in Vol. 254 and student business director in Vol. 255.Elizabeth Lindqwister is a senior from Peoria, Illinois, majoring in history. She is the Vol. 259 Public Editor, having previously served as the Vol. 257 Executive Editor and Vice President. Find her at CoHo or liz 'at' Dinshaw is a rising senior majoring in economics and minoring in political science and feminism, gender and sexuality studies. She is originally from Connecticut. In her free time she enjoys attempting to cook and playing Tetris. Contact at [email protected]Adrian Liu '20 was Editor of Opinions in Volumes 257 and 259.Layo Laniyan ’22 is the former Executive Editor for Vol. 259 and former editor of Opinions for Vol. 258. He is a senior from Houston, Texas, majoring in English with a focus in black studies and the history of medicine.

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