Statement of Solidarity
From the CBSR Director, Dr. Tettegah
Silence has never been a solution to a problem. Genocide of African/Black Americans has occurred in different ways throughout history. Current events remind us of a constant story that keeps repeating itself over the past, present and future.
The Center for Black Studies Research stands in solidarity against violence, discrimination, marginalization, intolerance, negative attributions, bigotry and the historical genocide of Black people throughout the diaspora.
We have opportunities to build powerful relationships through, by, and with Black communities; however, we must first recognize and see human beings who are different from us as subjects and not objects to create equal opportunity and a socially just world. Most often than not, this must occur through actions that may be perceived as civil disobedience.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr:
“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct-action campaign that was ‘well timed’ in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word ‘Wait!’ It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This ‘Wait’ has almost always meant ‘Never.’ We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that ‘justice too long delayed is justice denied."