In wake of the Indianapolis Shootings

April 16, 2021

Not again.

Those are the words that ran through my mind as I awoke to news of a mass shooting in Indianapolis. Another horrifying event in a year marked by horrifying events. Only this time, it happened in our own state, and to many within the Earlham community, our own back yard.

Nine lives lost. Several more victims severely wounded. Just 70 miles west of campus.

This comes on the heels of the death of Daunte Wright, a young father who was killed earlier this week in Minnesota after an encounter with police.

When will this end?

My heart is heavy with grief for lives lost, for families shattered, for futures cut short. At the same time, I am resolute in the belief that we, as individuals and as a community, can be catalysts for positive change by staying true to our foundational principles and practices.

Please hold the family and friends of those affected, and our neighbors in Indianapolis, in the light as they navigate the agony of this senseless violence. And please join me in reaffirming our shared commitment to peace in words and actions, to working toward positive change, and to doing what we can to end this cycle of violence.