The Black Lives Matter movement, the social media response to our By The Numbers special edition and the Jan. 6 insurrection strengthened the Graphic’s commitment to serving as an inclusive, unbiased news source. The Graphic’s senior leadership team reiterates their values for the spring semester and shares their plans for holding themselves accountable.
2020 incited performative activism in a way many argue has not been seen in decades. The murder of George Floyd turned countless individuals into activists overnight, but unfortunately, this action ended just as quickly as it began.
Eighty-three years after the Graphic published its first issue, the current leaders of the student-run organization reflect on their responsibility to do better, committing themselves to amplifying Black voices and pursuing the truth long after it is breaking news.
Pepperdine University explicitly affirms that “truth, having nothing to fear from investigation, must be pursued relentlessly in every discipline.” However, in recent weeks, the Student Government Association (SGA) has fallen short of the meaning of this quote, failing the institution and the students it is meant to serve and leaving its constituency in the dark.
Since the events of last November shaped our identity and unified us in new ways, it may seem challenging for the Pepperdine community to move forward into a year of recovery without forgetting the past. However, identity does not translate to limitation.