Statement on Afghanistan
The Center for Race and Gender stands in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan as they face not only Taliban rule, but also the related and brutal consequences of twenty years of invasion, occupation, and warfare at the hands of the US military and its allies. Our commitment to an intersectional and transnational practice of feminist solidarity makes it particularly important to highlight the ways that women, children, and LGBTQ+ people have been cruelly used as hollow justification for the violence of war, as scholars and activists have long observed. Laura Bush’s now infamous radio address in November of 2001 cast the invasion as a boon for Afghan women, and this framing has been replicated countless times over the last two decades. Today, we risk advancing such obfuscations if we do not situate the very real jeopardy that women, LGBTQ+ people, feminist, queer, and human rights activists, and ethnic minorities, among others, face after decades of violence and instability in relation to the history of U.S. militarism and imperialism. We condemn all militarized violence directed at women, children and the LGBTQ+ community. We call on the US government to recognize its role in producing refugees, to expand humanitarian parole, remove admissions caps for refugees, and provide resources for relocation. We call attention to the everyday state violence of border regimes faced by Afghan refugees who have sought shelter. We commit to creating safe harbor for scholars, students, and teachers in our own university context.