In the last Quick Links I pointed out the failures of the Black American community to take a stand on Dafur. Part of that is represented by the failure of the UNCF member universities to make divest from Sudan. The Sudan Divestment Task Force (Part of the Genocide Intervention Network) maps a breakdown across the US of Divestment Legislation as well as lists of Asset Management/Research Firms; International / Private Campaigns; State by state information on legislation, campaigns and investment firms; finally a list of every US university status in divesting from Sudan.
From the list you will see that there are no Black colleges mentioned which is disgraceful. Yesterday was the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X – “IF YOU DONT STAND FOR SOMETHING, YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING. African Americans and Africans worldwide need to take serious stock of what they are prepared to stand for lest they fall down under the boot of complacency and consumerism, when their own institutions are failing the people of Darfur and they do not participate in protests and rallies.
On the other hand, at a rally last April outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington DC, organisers (white)
had to scramble to find someone who was either Sudanese or Muslim to speak at the rally when Sudanese immigrants realized that the announced speakers included no Muslims and no one from Darfur The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other American Muslim groups, including the Islamic Society of North America, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, are members of the coalition. But no representative from these, or any Muslim coalition member, was allowed to speak.
If we do not place ourselves at the center then we cannot begin to criticise the white organisers that fail to allow us to speak when we are present. This is backward walking and thinking where are own voices are silent to the point where we have no voice left. As Del on Dogonland points out, the campaigns are being led by white colleges and white students and like the anti-apartheid movement, are beginning to pay off. Tuskeegee, Fisk, Morehouse etc are not just institutions they are people, lecturers and students who need to get out and force their colleges to divest. And if for God’s sake, an ultra conservative right wing, movie star [will leave it at that] can act……… then what does that say about the BLACK SILENCE!
If Gov. Arnie Schwarzanegger/Califonia State Pension Fund ($70 billion) and the conservative state of Colorado can pass legislation to divest surely Howard, Spelman, Bowie State, etc. can do the same!!!