(photo: Dr. Monteiro teaching)
Kudos to videographer Ted Passon for crafting the video, to Mumia Abu-Jamal for the narration, and to Jamila K. Wilson for working up the Indiegogo fundraising site platform.
“Dr. Monteiro, in binding his scholarship to exposing the global assault on human equality and justice, and the narrative which says to the marginalized there is no alternative to their suffering, helps to bring the voice of the community into the academy. In doing so, he seeks to expand the scope of the university as a public space where conceptions of the democratic good, are unbounded by the one percent’s narcissism, racism, class arrogance, misogyny and homophobia.”
The firing of Dr. Monteiro at Temple is indicative of the racial moment we live. Cosmetic diversity has taken a hold in the academy, hence, black scholars who combine research and practice and whose work is oriented by the moral imperative of achieving racial justice are regarded as "partisan" and accused of playing the "race card." It is time for us to wake up and fight back. Fighting for the reinstatement of Dr. Monteiro is also fighting against neoliberal racism in the academy and in the nation. I stand in solidarity with Dr. Monteiro and join the call to extend him a tenure track position.”
“As Frantz Fanon warned, one of the obscenities of colonialism, enslavement, and racism is the effort to produce the ‘happy slave.’ Black Studies, now also called African American and Africana Studies, is part of the struggle against that abomination. Black radical thought challenges such oppressive systems with the revolutionary insight of truth, which has always threatened an academy invested in seeing otherwise. Temple University’s refusal to renew the contracts of Dr. Anthony Monteiro and Dr. Ahmed Muhammad (Maxell Stanford, Jr.) is a terrible blow against this important mission.”