Sent to you by moya via Google Reader:
First, no man is a feminist who threatens a woman. Period. The fact that you found it reasonable to undermine and demean Tamura's formidable mental prowess via text message, not only reflects an unhealthy sense of personal and professional boundaries on your part, but also a penchant for intellectual violence. And since you can't model healthy communication practices in public, we don't trust that you are prone to exercise them in private either. Do you always call women who disagree with you "idiots," "mental midgets," and "hacks"? Intellectual and discursive bullying is always egregious, but it is especially egregious for a Black man to do this to a Black woman, especially when that Black man claims to be advocating the cause of Black women.
The ability to engage in civil discourse, even when our opinions are diametrically opposed is one of the hallmarks of the academic enterprise. Because you are a tenured professor, we believe you know this. Rather than being merely a function of forgivable ignorance, your campaign of calumny against Dr. Lomax is calculated, intentional, troubling, and disgusting. Moreover, the notion that you can in any way participate in laying out a sexually revolutionary agenda for young Black feminists when your private and professional choices employ attacks on women who want to engage in dialogue is beyond our comprehension.
- Acknowledge publicly that you messed up- It would be really valuable for you to acknowledge publicly that threats and tactics of intimidation are not parts of feminist praxis.
- Apologize- It's clear that you owe Dr. Lomax an apology for both the private messages you sent to her and the public attacks on her scholarship on your Facebook page.
- Amend- this includes but isn't limited to taking down the negative Facebook comments and educating yourself about why they were in fact ableist and inapropriate.
- Action- Part of being accountable is working towards a new mode of engaging in the future. How will you behave differently should another black woman disagree with your scholarship publicly? What will you do to ensure that when other black male scholars act in a similar way that your lessons learned from this experience will be accessible for the transformation of that instance?
We will not be intellectually bullied into submission. We have officially given new meaning to the term "come correct," and we suggest, brother, that you get it together. And here is one of our best examples of rescripting to date…
Shayne Lee, "your revolution will not happen between these thighs."
In Black Feminist Solidarity,
Brittney C. Cooper
Mark Anthony Neal
Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Gwendolyn D. Pough
Robert J. Patterson
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