SCHOLARS AT THE HARRIET TUBMAN INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH ON AFRICA AND ITS DIASPORAS, YORK UNIVERSITY IN TORONTO, CANADA
STAND AGAINST THE VIOLENCE BY WHITE SUPREMACISTS IN THE USA AND CANADA
We are a group of scholars at the Harriet Tubman Institute, focused on the history and contemporary experiences of persons of African descent in Africa and its diasporas. Our Institute is named in honour of Harriet Tubman, a courageous African American who was enslaved, who fought for her own freedom and humanity, and supported the efforts of dozens of enslaved African Americans who sought their freedom as well.
Our mission at the Tubman Institute is to document and research the evils of slavery and its legacies and horrific racial tragedies of the past and present. We bear witness to and repudiate, in the strongest terms, the atrocities of racial violence and especially that being launched in the name of White supremacy, wherever it occurs.
We reject the ideologies and activities which fuel White supremacy and, in particular, the anti-Black racism that lies at the heart of much of the vicious rhetoric and many of the violent actions and policies, long-extant and recently promoted in a variety of countries, including Canada.
We are saddened and appalled by the senseless killing of Heather Heyer when she joined others to protest against the virulent racism supported by the Unite the Right group after the decision was made to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, from public display in Charlottesville, VA.
As a community of scholars whose focus is on Africa and its diasporas, we continue to raise the alarm against violence and violations to which persons of African descent have been and are subjected and call upon White supremacists, including those operating in Canada, such as the racist group La Meute in Quebec, to halt their actions against the oppressed and marginalized groups that have been their targets.
We stand in solidarity with those opposing hate and racism.
Professors Michele Johnson, Director of the Harriet Tubman Institute; Annie Bunting, Deputy Director of the Harriet Tubman Institute; Brainerd Blyden Taylor; José C. Curto; Caroline Shenaz Hossein; Abubacar Fofana Leon; Deborah Neill; Uwa Idemudia; Tokunbo Ojo.