A statement from Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy on yesterday's incidents:
"What we witnessed yesterday in Washington, D.C. was shocking and deeply disturbing. The storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob incited by lies and anti-democratic propaganda is something that most of us could never have imagined. It was a boiling-over of a dangerous, truth-denying movement that has been simmering unchecked for far too long.
The impulses of the mob that attacked the Capitol are antithetical to our most deeply held American values. By every objective measure, and as adjudicated by courts in more than 60 cases around the country, the presidential election was free, fair and devoid of any significant voter fraud. Attempts to disrupt the peaceful transition of presidential power, long a hallmark of our democracy, are un-American and seditious. The escalation to violence in the building that represents the heart of American democracy made yesterday one of our country’s darkest days.
Another deeply distressing aspect of the day’s events was the striking contrast between law enforcement’s apparent lack of preparation for and reaction to this violent attack on one of our most cherished institutions and the show of force and aggressive response we witnessed during last summer’s peaceful Black Lives Matter protests. This juxtaposition is suggestive of the deep-seated institutional racism that our country must acknowledge and strive to overcome, as we have rededicated ourselves to do on our campus."
Read the statement in its entirety below.