Title

Embracing Anti-Racist Practices in the Music Perception and Cognition Community

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-25-2020

Publication Title

Music Perception

Volume

38

Issue

2

First page number:

103

Last page number:

105

Abstract

This past summer, the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery in the United States led to public outcry and international protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and broader awareness of the effects of systemic racism. Following these events, many organizations have reflected critically on how they participate in practices that marginalize underrepresented members of their community. The Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC) has also been contemplating these issues. Here, the current members of the SMPC board affirm our position of unequivocal support for the Black Lives Matter movement, suggest how members of our community can advocate for anti-racist practices that will make SMPC more inclusive, and list initial actions undertaken by the board toward this goal.

Keywords

Anti-racist practices; Music cognition; Racist policies; Privileged whiteness; Representation in community; Introspection

Disciplines

Civic and Community Engagement | Race and Ethnicity | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

Language

English

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