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Letter from the President on Attacks in Charlottesville, VA

Dear Members of the Seton Hall Community,

We have all heard about the tragic events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. The worst impulses of humanity were on display – a toxic mix of racism, anti-Semitism, and willful ignorance, which resulted in the death of a young counter-protestor and the injury of several others. I know I speak for Pirates everywhere when I express my outrage and profound sorrow at these tragic events. We mourn the woman who was killed and the two police officers who lost their lives in a helicopter crash on Saturday afternoon while patrolling the violence.

As a Catholic institution, we stand in unity with those who were targeted by the racists in Charlottesville. Likewise, we stand against everything that the white supremacist marchers represent: hatred, violence, bigotry and the continuing division of God's people. These attitudes have no place in contemporary America and are totally contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

To those who feel personally affected by the events in Charlottesville, I want you to know that the Seton Hall community stands by you and with you. To our students, we look forward to welcoming you back to campus with open arms. In the meantime, I'd like to offer the words of Anne Frank, herself a victim of the Holocaust, for your consideration:

"In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death … If I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again." 

Hazard Zet Forward,

Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D.
Interim President

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