DJ Sbu has congratulated SOAS University of London for taking a stand against Prof. Adam Habib’s alleged racism for using the n-word!usinessman, radio host, and Entertainer
“Congratulations to @SOAS Union members for being decisive against racism, unlike other local news outlets we know who choose to harbor and defend racists,” wrote DJ Sbu.
“SOAS UNISON members have overwhelmingly backed a vote of no confidence in @SOAS Director Adam Habib. The motion of no confidence passed at an Emergency General Meeting on Tues 23 March, with 98% of members voting in favor, 0% against, and 2% abstaining,” said the SOAS Union on Thursday.
SOAS Union continued to say: “Members also called on the School to ensure that no student faces repercussions for challenging the Director’s use of the N-word in the All-Student meeting of 11 March 2021 and to provide transparency regarding its handling of complaints following that meeting.”
The SOAS Union branch also called on the School to take urgent steps, in consultation with the Equalities and Black Members reps of the campus trade unions, Students’ Union, and Art and The African Mind Society, to address the serious concerns that have been raised regarding anti-black racism within the School.
“SOAS Director Adam Habib used the N-word in an all-student meeting on March 11th and has since publicly denied any wrongdoing. This is an unacceptable act of antiblack racism which we – the campus unions – find intolerable and condemn unreservedly. We stand in solidarity with Black students at SOAS that had to witness Habib’s behavior. We stand in solidarity with Art and the African Mind Society and Black Student Body who have organized to condemn Habib’s behavior,” said SOAS Union.
The SOAS Union is calling for Prof. Adam Habib’s resignation.
“We request the School makes available the recording of the meeting. We note that the SOAS Black student body has stated an apology at this stage is insufficient and called for Habib’s resignation; as campus unions, we will now urgently consult our members on their support for the call for resignation and what further action the School should take. We insist that any accountability for Habib’s actions do not reproduce or contribute to wider practices of racism, including racist attacks against Habib himself,” said SOAS Union.
“As many of you are aware there has been a controversy that emanated from the all-student meeting yesterday in which I mentioned the n-word after a student query on a case in this regard.
“I want to apologize unreservedly for having done so. I do now recognize the hurt and distress that has been caused and will continue to listen.
“It may be helpful to explain the context in which the statement was made.
“During the meeting, a student questioned SOAS’s responsiveness to anti-black racism and suggested that a staff member had used the word without consequences. I responded that: “If someone used the word [n-word] against another staff member, then it would violate our policy and action would be taken,” said Adam Habib in a statement released on March 12, 2021.