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Reinstate Profs Tony Monteiro and Max Stanford NOW!

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Black Studies at Temple University is Under Attack

The unjust firings of Drs. Tony Monteiro and Maxwell Stanford, two Black Scholar activists with a rich history of organizing and educating Black youth inside and outside of the university in the North Philadelphia community where Temple University is located, points out clearly, that Black Scholar activists connected to the communities and the organizations seeking social justice and fundamental changes in society, are not the type of scholars wanted at the Temple Black Studies Departments and in universities across the country.

These firings represent an unwillingness to be accountable to Black students' - who comprise no less than 13% of the student population - and the Black Community's need for honest and bold Black scholarship, especially at a time when neo-liberal economic policies are cutting, merging and liquidating programs that teach the historical and contemporary social, economic and political realities of African American's experiences and struggles in a racialized capitalist America.

These attacks also wrongly reflect a view of America being a so-called post racial society, where structural racism no longer exists. Rather, these unjust firings point out the structural racism does indeed exist at Temple University.

The Black Studies Programs at Temple and other universities across the country were not gifts given by liberals: they came about because of the actions of Freedom Fighters like Drs. Maxwell Stanford and Tony Monteiro, whose histories are well known.

The Black Left Unity Network calls on all forces struggling for and supportive of African American self-determination and an anti-racist social transformation to take actions to demand the rehiring of Drs. Tony Monteiro and Maxwell Stanford. This struggle and demands should be viewed as a battlefront of a larger struggle to defend and advance Black and ethnic struggles in all universities across the country.     



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