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November 4, 2018

Statement on White Supremacist Violence in Pittsburgh (2018)

As the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of U.S. cultures and histories and as an organization committed to critical thinking and public discussion, the American Studies Association mourns the loss of Jewish life at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, on Saturday, October 27.  With Jews around the United States and the world, we insist on the urgency of assuring the safety of Jewish lives.

We observe the state-sanctioned uses of antisemitism through rhetoric that encourages White Christian nationalists to assert aggressive control out of a specious sense of aggrievement ...(Read more)

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