June 4, 2020

The staff of the Journal of Interreligious Studies unequivocally condemn the recent racist acts of violence and of public aggression. We express our sincere solidarity with those standing up against individual, institutional, and systemic racism and white supremacy in the United States. The last few weeks have witnessed justified and urgent protests in response to the unjustifiable deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, among countless others. These deaths point to the larger system of racism that constitutes the historical and contemporary structures and ideologies of the United States of America.

Firstly, to the Black people, indigenous peoples, and other persons of color who make up our readership and larger community, we can never fully comprehend your experience; we nevertheless abhor the harm these events elicit in your being.

Secondly, we affirm that theologians and scholars of religion and interreligious studies have definitively demonstrated that the history of religious bigotry is deeply entwined with the history of racism, antisemitism, and white privilege. While we, the staff of JIRS, strive to undo the racist web of beliefs that hold many of us hostage, we also recognize that we often fail in our antiracist practices. JIRS is committed to listening, learning, and responding to challenges and critiques of any of our work. We are also committed to publishing articles and thematic issues related to (anti)racism and white privilege as they intersect with interreligious studies.

In addition, we join with our community of readers, authors, scholars, and activists endeavouring to listen respectfully to, and engage deeply with, the contributions coming from local and national communities directly affected by racialized aggression and violence. JIRS strives to be a venue actively seeking out scholarship from Black, Womanist, Feminist, Indigenous, Latinx, Mujerista, Chicana, and Asian authors. We invite recommendations and critique, as well as submissions of articles and suggestions for special issues.

Please, do not hesitate to reach out to the Editor-in-Chief, Axel Takacs (axel.takacs@hebrewcollege.edu), with any questions, concerns, and ideas you may have for us as we strive actively to embody antiracism in all that we do.

Sincerely,
The Staff of the Journal of Interreligious Studies