We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Rayshard Brookes, and all the lives that have been lost or destroyed due to racism and structural inequities in our society. We acknowledge the pain and disillusionment of the black community and we stand in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and the individuals and organizations who are actively working towards dismantling racism in our nation and the world.
As archaeologists, we have the ability to uniquely amplify the voices of those who have been marginalized and have remained underrepresented, both in the past and the present. We acknowledge that the practice of California archaeology has continuing structural inequalities and a colonial past that influences our discipline, our organization, and how we interpret the past.
As the largest regional society in the USA, it is imperative that the SCA takes meaningful action toward dismantling racism and inequity in our profession. We will persist in our commitment to making the SCA an environment that explicitly values and welcomes diverse viewpoints and people. We do not have all of the answers right now, but we are committed to improving diversity and equality in our community. It is up to us to be more inclusive, both in the way we engage with the past and how we engage with modern communities. We are committed to taking real action toward improving our engagement with diverse communities and improving representation of people from varied backgrounds within our membership. We will continue to communicate about how the SCA plans to address these issues and welcome your feedback.