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A Statement, In Solidarity

Along with the rest of the world, we have been outraged and deeply affected by the recent events taking place in our country. The tragic and senseless murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and now George Floyd have shined a spotlight on the issues of racial injustice and police brutality. The Odum Institute mourns with our nation and the rest of the world for the loss of these and countless other Black lives. We strongly condemn the actions and inaction of the four officers responsible for Mr. Floyd’s murder, and all forms of police brutality.

We at Odum stand in acknowledgement and support of our students, employees, colleagues and friends in the Black community who have been trying to come to terms with their pain, anger, sadness, and frustration over a struggle against racism and inequality that has persisted on American soil since 1619. Their cries have been ignored for far too long, and they have suffered greatly. To them we say now: We see you. We hear you. Your lives matter. Black Lives Matter.

As a nation, we are prompted to look deeper into policies, practices, and our own personal behaviors in an effort to join the conversation on much-needed change. Public policy must hold those who act on their racial prejudices accountable. Odum supports the efforts of local organizations such as the UNC Black Student Movement, UNC Black Congress, and the Carolina Black Caucus, which fortify the work of the greater Black Lives Matter movement to spread awareness about racial prejudice, systemic racism, and the persistence of white supremacy and white privilege mentality.

These efforts are strengthened by not only community support, but also through access to empirical research that documents and provides evidence of racial inequities, destructive attitudes toward minorities, and unjust policing.

We are compiling a growing list of resources and references that represents decades of research on these topics, as well as the Civil Rights Movement, human rights protests in general, and other issues relevant to our understanding of the lived experiences of the Black community.

We hope these resources will help the fight for a better, more equitable America. In the meantime, the Odum Institute will be taking a close look at our own organizational mission, structure, policies, culture, and programs to identify ways in which we support or fail to support members of the Black Community. We know we have a lot of work to do, but we are committed to doing our part to end racial injustice.

In solidarity and compassion,
The staff of the Odum Institute



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UNC Dataverse Datasets:

Dataset DOIIncludes: Race RelationsIncludes: Social Justice Movements & ProtestsIncludes: Racial Bias in the Justice SystemIncludes: Police BrutalityIncludes: Civil Rights
Harris 1965 Civil Rights Survey, study no. 1522XXX
Harris 1966 Racial Survey - Black Sample, study no. 1634XXXX
Harris 1966 Racial Survey - White Sample, study no. 1635XXXXX
Harris 1967 Vietnam War and Civil Rights Survey, study no. 1718XXX
Harris 1968 Black College Seniors Peace Corps Survey, study no. 1804XXX
Harris 1968 Violence in America Survey, study no. 1887XXXX
Harris 1969 New York City Racial and Religious Survey, study no. 1925
Harris 1970 Civil Liberties Survey, study no. 2037XXX
Harris 1970 College Student Survey, study no. 2030XX
Harris 1973 Watergate Survey, study no. 2344XXX
Harris 1976 Blacks in America Survey, study no. 7683XXXX
Harris 1976 Kentucky Student and Parent Busing Survey, Study no. 2623XXX
Harris 1978 Attitudes Toward Racial and Religious Minorities and Toward Women, study no. S2829XXXX
Harris 1988 Race in America Survey, study no. 883006 and 883009XX
Harris 1994 Daily News New York O.J. Simpson Survey, study no. 941405X
Harris 1994 New York City Racial Conflict Survey, study no. 941401XX
Harris 2002 Public Opinion Survey, study no. 15938XX
Judicial response to protestX
Mainspring of the rebellion, University of California at BerkeleyX
Detroit post-riot study, 1967XXX
Detroit post-riot study, 1968XX
Berkeley radicals five years laterXX
USA TODAY 1992 Rodney King Poll, Study no. 3261XXXX
Buckeye State Poll, Race Relations 2000XX

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