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Statement on White Nationalism and neo-Nazis on Campus

Posted: February 16, 2018

The faculty of the German section of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, alongside their colleagues in other MFLL programs, condemn in the strongest possible terms the use of Nazi and white nationalist symbols, slogans, imagery, and ideology. Some of us teach, research, and write on the Nazi era and genocide and on the cultural and historical conditions in which it arose; all of us have studied German history and culture sufficiently to know that anti-Semitic and white supremacist positions have no place in a campus environment or any civil political discourse. Entities or viewpoints that call for the forced relocation and/or stripping of citizenship of any group (based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or any other category) stifle freedom of expression by means of intimidation, harassment, and, often, violence. In light of the scheduled visit of the so-called “Traditionalist Workers Party” to our campus, we call on our community to come together and speak out clearly, strongly, and frequently against the presence of bigotry and hate on our campus, and to advocate for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as a place that represents the values of civility, equality, diversity, and inclusion for all.

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