African American & African Studies and the Transformative Power of Knowledge
In the wake of George Floyd's murder, African American & African Studies core and affiliate faculty offer perspectives on the policing crisis and the imperative of racial justice to articulate knowledge for our time.
The images on this page are from a 2019 teach-in on Black studies in honor of the department's 50th anniversary. Photos courtesy of Boone Nguyen.
We Who Are AA&AS
My name is Yuichiro Onishi. I teach in the Department of African American & African Studies (AA&AS) and the Program in Asian American Studies. I just stepped in as chair of AA&AS. Read Onishi's introduction.
Apprehending "White Justice"
Keith Mayes presents a sharp commentary on race and justice, especially Minnesota's brand of liberalism for The Washington Post. Read Mayes' writing.
Remembering David Cornelius Smith
In a powerful elegiac voice, Terrion Williamson delivers a tale of another Black man choked to death by the Minneapolis police officers that occurred nearly ten years ago. Read Williamson's writing.
Why There Are No George Floyds in Cuba
August Nimtz explains why policing in Cuba looks so starkly different than the one in the United States. Read Nimtz's writing.
Reworking Afro-Asian Solidarity
Yuichiro Onishi meditates on movement building and unpacks the directions of Afro-Asian solidarity. Read Onishi's writing.