If you don’t know what this is about, I urge you to read Professor St. Lewis’ words as guest blogged on Slaw. As noted in the piece, the case is likely to be appealed. This is what racist speech looks like – and the gender angle here is also apparent. For those, like me, not entirely comfortable with the tort of libel, this case may help to clarify anxieties and boundaries in terms of its use. As always, Professor St. Lewis is eloquent as she draws the connections between past and present, individual and community, law and power.
In the end, it was not simply pride that enabled me to persist. I firmly believe that racialized professionals in the academe have a unique role as knowledge producers well beyond the expectation that they be role models and mentors. We must do our work with integrity. This integrity includes bringing rigor to how issues of racism are analyzed and developed within and outside the classroom. If we cannot engage in these discussions within the academe then what hope is there for the broader social engagement that is essential for the realization of an enlarged Black humanity in a constitutional democracy?