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Response to D.C. Violence

Dear NC State community,

Like you, I was shocked and disheartened by the shameful violence at our nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C., yesterday. I join the many voices across our state and our nation in denouncing these despicable actions intended to threaten the democratic process that stands as a cornerstone of our nation’s freedom. 

As a university community, we grieve together for the senseless loss of life and destruction at our country’s most hallowed monument to democracy. Our sincere thanks and appreciation go to the law enforcement officers and first responders who selflessly protected life and property in the face of this attack on our nation.

Yesterday was a sad day and an embarrassment for our country. The violence, displayed for the world to see, does not represent what we stand for as the United States.

Regardless of where we each stand politically, as the presidency of our country transitions I am confident our Wolfpack will demonstrate respect for our nation’s democratic processes and laws, and respect for one another.

January 6, 2021, will never be forgotten. May it always remind us of the importance of civility and respect for all others, even when we disagree. And may it motivate us to each strive to make our nation, and the world, a better place.

Randy Woodson