Yesterday was a tragic day in American history. I am shocked, horrified, and extremely troubled by the deplorable events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol and were incited by the highest levels of government, and I know members of the Drew community feel much the same way. On a day that also saw our country’s highest single-day COVID-19 death toll—and in the midst of continuing deeply seeded racial strife—our nation’s democracy was threatened by lawless acts of violence and aggression.
No matter one’s political views, our democratic values and processes must be safeguarded. I join with many others in denouncing this dishonorable, unpatriotic assault on our democracy and a centuries-old principle on which it is based—a peaceful transition of power.
What we witnessed yesterday does not reflect Drew’s values, nor the values of the United States of America. I urge us to reaffirm our commitment to democracy, to respectful discourse, and to diversity of thought and community—values that are central to higher education—so that we may move past this dark moment and mend our divisions.
Thomas J. Schwarz