October 27, 2005


I wasn't planning on writing about this just yet, but now that the news has been more widely circulated: here's the SF State's Golden Gate [X]Press's story on my colleague Antwi Akom's arrest.

You can, I'm sure, imagine the anger and frustration we're all feeling here. At the College of Ethnic Studies meeting described in the article, it was mentioned that (and I'm operating on hearsay here, so I'm being careful) that the police did not ask Antwi for identification. Had the police done so (I'm guessing), and had they at least looked up while they threw Antwi to the ground and handcuffed him, they would have at least seen the name on the door of the office from which he came out: Dr. Antwi Akom.

Many faculty members thought to themselves -- as did I -- that could have been me. But at the meeting, one student spoke up and said that if it had happened to a student (and not a professor), the meeting probably wouldn't be taking place. Ashamed, I -- and so did some faculty members, I'm sure -- didn't completely disagree.

I'll post more details as they're made more public; things are zipping around, at least internally on campus, via e-mail, but the very real legal ramifications require me to be more circumspect and opaque about this. One thing, at the very least, is clear, though: all charges must be dropped.

Posted by the wily filipino at October 27, 2005 10:49 PM

Jesus, Wily, what the f*ck is going on there?!

Posted by: Gladys on October 27, 2005 11:15 PM

man, i heard about this case in lorraine's class! what's up with the racial profiling mayn!?

Posted by: ethsstudent on October 28, 2005 12:48 AM

omg this is both so typical and so enraging.

Posted by: bjr on October 28, 2005 11:11 AM

this is a total outrage!

Posted by: oona p. on October 28, 2005 01:13 PM
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