The Committee of PILAS (Postgraduates in Latin American Studies) has unanimously endorsed the following recent statement by the MLA Executive Council on the 2016 US Presidential Election. The statement is reproduced below, and may be viewed online at: https://www.mla.org/About-Us/Governance/Executive-Council/Executive-Council-Actions/2016/MLA-Statement-on-the-2016-Presidential-Election.
Throughout the campaign and in the aftermath of the presidential election in the United States, sharp political lines have been drawn that pit groups and individuals against one another on the basis of national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, migration status, ability, class, and other forms of identity. The Modern Language Association reaffirms in the strongest terms possible its commitment to free inquiry and academic freedom for all, unimpeded by acts of prejudice and hate. We note especially the need to offer support to those who are the most vulnerable and condemn the unjust rhetoric that targets them. We recognize that the humanities and humanistic knowledge are now more essential than ever to help guide us in these difficult times, and we pledge to maintain the MLA as an organization open to all individuals who share our commitments.