ASC Statement on Anti-Black Violence

in Center News
June 1st, 2020

Circulated June 1, 2020 via the Weekly Brief

The ASC stands with all who are grieving the violence against black people across the country, including Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and others.

To our black community members, we extend deep sympathies for your pain and exhaustion. To our non-black community members, we encourage you to listen, learn, and act. There is an array of resources about anti-black racism today and across history, in Africa and across the African diaspora, and about actions you can take to address it at both a personal and structural level. We’ll highlight just a couple here:

  • The Minneapolis Uprising in Context,” Elizabeth Hinton, Boston Review, May 29
  • Anti-racism resources, a compilation of reading, viewing, and listening recommendations intended for white people looking to deepen their anti-racism work
  • Our Outreach Program produces programming and resources for anyone, especially K-12 educators, to learn more and combat racist ideas about Africa and people of African descent
  • Today, June 1 at 3-5pm, the Howard Thurman Center hosts a Coffee and Conversation discussion for BU students

For students, we encourage you to explore upcoming course offerings in African studies that can deepen your knowledge on the experiences of Africans and people of African descent, such as:

  • AA 234 “African Americans in Global Perspective: Slavery and the Creation of Race” – Prof. Scott
  • AA 371 “African American History” – Prof. Austin
  • AA 591 “Black Thought: Literary and Cultural Criticism in the African Diaspora” – Prof. Chude-Sokei
  • PO 334 “Political Violence” – Prof. Rosenzweig
  • SO 408/808 “Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations” – Prof. Stone

We know this is an especially heavy time, so we want to also share something positive to look forward to: the African American Studies Program’s weekly Quarantine Survival Guide provides excellent recommendations on music, recipes, literature, and more.

Please take care of yourselves and each other.