Stand in Solidarity with Professor Saida Grundy
Dr. Saida Grundy, a feminist scholar of race and ethnicity, was recently hired as an assistant professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Boston University. Her appointment will bring a valuable critical perspective, a strong record of scholarship, and a commitment to public sociology to these two departments. Yet Professor Grundy is currently under fire for expressing her personal views on her private Twitter account.
We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with Professor Grundy.
We support her right to express her views as an individual, since freedom of speech is crucial for academic inquiry. We do not believe that those views in any way diminish her capacity to teach a diverse student body.
Furthermore, we strongly object to claims that her tweets are "racist". Professor Grundy, as a sociologist, recognizes that racism is a system of oppression in which people of color are denied political, economic, and social power. Racism extends to virtually every institution in American society—including higher education. Calling Professor Grundy’s tweets racist minimizes the very real effects of racism for people of color in the United States.
If Boston University, the alma mater of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., purports to be an anti-racist institution, then it should support Professor Saida Grundy in the face of her critics.
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