Philospher George Yancy is currently under attack (receiving racist hate mail and threats of violence) as the author of "Dear White America" published by the New York Times in The Stone column of 12/24/15.
I am asking for shows of support for Dr Yancy.
Specifically I call upon the American Philosophical Association to display this letter of support/ petition prominently on its website and distribute it to its membership.
I am not asking this out of a liberal respect for intellectual freedom. I am asking this out of a rejection of and a disdain for racism. I am asking this out of a love that cannot but acknowledge the adaptable enduring legacy of racism.
In "Dear White America" Yancy writes:
" As you reap comfort from being white, we suffer from being black and people of color. But your comfort is linked to our pain and suffering. Just as my comfort in being male is linked to the suffering of women, which makes me sexist, so, too, you are racist. That is the gift that I want you to accept, to embrace. It is a form of knowledge that is taboo. Imagine the impact that the acceptance of this gift might have on you and the world."
We stand in support of George Yancy