Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education
A Message from Our President
As an organization, the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) stands against brutality of any kind. We stand against brutality of the human spirit, brutality against Black people and especially police brutality. We are saddened and angered about not only those publicized killings and injuries of Black people in police custody, but also by those instances where there is no known report or witness. We are disturbed by the many instances of severe mistreatment of Black men and women by the very entity that is supposed to protect and serve. Instead, some police are conducting themselves as entities determined to maim and kill. Proper tactical training of police officers does not matter if any police officer sees Black people as a threat through his or her racist eyes.
Throughout America’s history, so many people of color have not been able to reach their potential because of racism and hatred. What we have witnessed with the most recent deaths of Black people at the hands of police is the appalling evidence of systemic racism at its worst. This cannot continue.
We send our condolences and words of comfort to families and friends who have lost loved ones to police brutality and the brutality of American citizens. TABPHE stands for the pursuit of justice in your losses.
TABPHE asks all Americans to recognize and acknowledge our critical obligation to vote in upcoming elections. We need to march and protest, but we also need to VOTE! America has a history of racism and hatred toward others, especially people of color. A people cannot be healed until they realize they are sick. America cannot be healed until we all recognize racism and work toward its eradication.
Connie P. Williams, Ph.D.
President, Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education