Dec. 5, 2014
A time to help, a time to heal
UUP President Fred Kowal urged UUPers to offer support for fellow faculty, students and patients looking for guidance in the aftermath of racial unrest in New York City and Ferguson, Mo.
In a new video, Kowal said UUP members have an “unbelieviable opportunity” to make a difference in the lives of thousands of SUNY students and patients by simply listening to their concerns and helping them process their emotions.
“When I watch the news and see the protests, I see a lot of young people there,” he said. “Young people who want to change their nation. Young people who are going to turn to us in SUNY and in UUP for guidance for direction. They may come to us with anger with despair and also with hope.
“We must be prepared to guide them, to teach them, to listen to them, to walk with them, because they want a better world,” he continued. “That’s what we all want.”
Kowal called on UUPers to become active in bringing an end to racism in America, and stop the violence, hatred and chaos that racism breeds.
“Regardless of how you might feel regarding the decisions made by grand juries made in New York and Ferguson, the reality is that were still dealing with racism in America,” he said. “It is a difficulty that this nation must deal with we must solve."
He also called for peace.
“I think back to a night in 1968 when Robert Kennedy spoke in Indianapolis and his words had such an impact on the people there, and this was the night that Martin King was assassinated,” said Kowal. “Robert Kennedy’s words were about bringing the nation together and about the need for all of us to turn to those who are wounded and suffering, to bind up those wounds and to move forward.”
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