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WSCA Statement in Opposition to Racist Violence

Friday, June 5, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Statement in Opposition to Racist Violence


As officers of the Western States Communication Association (WSCA), we stand in outrage with the Black community and in witness to the murders of and attacks on African-American citizens.  Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd are notable, yet few, among the many deaths from overt racism in the United States, and we stand with individuals and organizations working to focus awareness on this fact and to elicit national change.


We condemn systemic efforts to centralize white experiences and obscure/delegitimize historic and ongoing racial discrimination, as well as the abuses of communication and power that uphold those systems.  We also recognize ourselves as an association that is situated within these systems, and commit ourselves to continued actions to move away from the status quo and to actualize social justice.


We reassert our Association resolutions and policies on anti-discrimination and diversity:


· The Western States Communication Association is fully committed to principles of equal opportunity, freedom from harassment, and freedom from discrimination.


·  The WSCA opposes the abuse of communication in order to silence, coerce or exploit individuals or groups based on essentialized differences;


· The WSCA opposes acts of violence against all individuals regardless of differences;


· The WSCA opposes all that discriminates, prohibits, and/or restricts individuals’ expression and movements based on essentialized differences;


· The WSCA emphasizes our belief in the power of communication to have transformative possibilities in social relations;


· The WSCA endorses the use of public protests, advocacy, civil disobedience and/or other nonviolent means of expression as (counter)responses to acts of injustice;


· The WSCA endeavors for social change and justice in its pursuits;


· The WSCA supports communication scholars’ and practitioners’ exercise of academic freedom.


We also commit to opening access to information to support social justice and anti-racist efforts.  By end of day Friday, June 5th, and extending through the end of 2020, the following six articles published by the Western States Communication Association in our Western Journal of Communication and Communication Reports journals will be completely free for public access.  We hope that people might read and share these select works, and use them as part of their efforts to inform, frame, and engage in the creation of systemic and individual anti-racist change.



Marnel Niles-Goins, President

Christina Granato Yoshimura, President-Elect

Rodney Reynolds, Immediate Past President

Heather Canary, First Vice President

Sara Hayden, Executive Director-Select


Flores, L. A. (2020). Stoppage and the racialized rhetorics of mobility. Western Journal of Communication, 84(3), 247–263.

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Holling, M.A. (2018) Centralizing marginality, marginalizing the center in the WSCA 2018 presidential address. Western Journal of Communication, 82(5), 529-536. DOI: 10.1080/10570314.2018.1463450

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Triece, M. E. (2018). Constructing the antiracial city: City planning and antiracialism in the 21st century. Western Journal of Communication, 82(5), 613–630.

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Gallant, L.M. & Krone, K.J. (2014) Tensions in talking diversity. Communication Reports, 27(1), 39-52. DOI: 10.1080/08934215.2013.837497

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Maurantonio, N. (2014) “That photo”: Journalism and bearing witness to history. Western Journal of Communication, 78(4), 500-521. DOI: 10.1080/10570314.2013.845687

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Richardson, B. K., & Taylor, J. (2009). Sexual harassment at the intersection of race and gender: A theoretical model of the sexual harassment experiences of women of color. Western Journal of Communication, 73(3), 248272. doi:10.1080/10570310903082065

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