BLSA Canada Statement: Jordan Afolabi and Anti-Black Racism

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Black Law Students’ Association of Canada
40 King Street West, Suite 5800
Toronto, ON M5H 3S1

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Re:      Jordan Afolabi and Anti-Black Racism at the University of Windsor

The Black Law Student’s Association of Canada (BLSA Canada) is deeply concerned and disappointed in the University of Windsor’s treatment of racialized students on their campus and the events that precipitated the prejudicial academic suspension of Mr. Jordan Afolabi. We fully support the Black Law Students’ Association of Windsor and their demand for unconscious and conscious biases training for all University staff in an effort to address systemic, anti-Black racism.

In February of 2019, Mr. Afolabi was the victim of an unprovoked attack. Although an investigation determined Mr. Afolabi’s actions were purely in self-defence, he was villainized and a year later, his access to campus property continues to be restricted.

As an institution charged with providing education, the University and its administration have a duty to create a safe environment through the fair and equal treatment of all students. It is apparent that the University is currently ill-equipped to discharge its societal obligations in a manner that is sensitive to cultural difference. It is imperative that staff acknowledge the adverse impact of their actions and take immediate action to ensure such misconduct ceases to occur in the future.

Yours in Solidarity,

The 2019-2020 BLSA Canada Executive

Josh Lokko 
National President
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

Elsa Kaka
National Secretary 
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law

Star Deak
National Chair
Osgoode Hall Law School

Reshida Darrell
National Director of Communications 
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

Charles Campbell
National Treasurer 
University of Windsor, Faculty of Law

Shequille Rollocks
National Director of Advocacy
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law

Tiana Knight
National Conference Chair
University of Windsor, Faculty of Law

Latisha Dias-Sénat
National Francophone Representative
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

Jemmy Erhiaganoma
National Mentorship Representative
McGill, Faculty of Law

Novalee Davy
National Issac Moot Director
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

Elsir Tawfik
National Chapter Representative
University of British Columbia, Peter A. Allard School of Law

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