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Statement of Concern from Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies

The members of Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies are deeply concerned by a recent incident involving an Arizona State University (ASU) police officer and an ASU faculty member. We call for a swift and thorough investigation into this matter.

On the evening of May 21, 2014, Dr. Ersula Ore, a professor in the English department at ASU, was walking home from campus after teaching a summer course. Dr. Ore, who is African American, was stopped and questioned by a male ASU police officer patrolling the area in his vehicle. After a short exchange with the officer, a brief physical altercation ensued in which Dr. Ore, who was wearing a dress, was forced up against the officer’s car and then onto the ground, fully exposing portions of her lower body to the public. Eyewitness accounts of the incident, including video evidence, support Dr. Ore’s assertion that the officer did not clearly inform her regarding why she was being stopped or inform her of her rights, and engaged in excessive force during her detention. Despite these questionable circumstances, however, Dr. Ore has subsequently been charged with felony aggravated assault on the officer, among other charges.

We are troubled by the responses of the media, University, and ASU Police Department about this incident. Media versions have presented a sensationalized, one-sided story that differs substantially from Dr. Ore’s and eyewitness accounts. Officials at ASU, in response to questions about the incident and possible racial profiling, have sought to distance the University, stating that 1) because the incident occurred on a public street between parts of campus, it was technically “off campus,” so Dr. Ore was a private citizen; and 2) although they will comply with any investigation, there is no evidence of racial profiling. We find these responses insufficient. First, the officer involved was an ASU police officer and the University is responsible for the conduct of its employees, including its police force. Second, whether as a private citizen or as a member of the ASU community, Dr. Ore has the right to expect dignified and humane treatment by ASU’s police officers. ASU, as a public institution, has a responsibility to ensure this occurs. Third, ASU has not undertaken a thorough investigation into the matter, so how can officials claim that there is an absence of racial profiling? In a state and metropolitan region in which racial profiling has been proven to be widespread, the ASU administration’s lack of concern for the well-being of an ASU community member of color is unacceptable.

Given that the mission of the ASU Police Department is, “To enhance the quality of life by providing a safe and secure environment through professional and proactive law enforcement services in partnership with the University community,” this incident clearly warrants further inquiry from ASU.  We ask the ASU administration to conduct a comprehensive investigation into this matter as well as an audit on the conduct of its police force vis-à-vis racial profiling.  How can ASU ensure a safe, secure, and just environment for its faculty, students, and staff if it disclaims any responsibility for the actions of ASU police officers? The following questions should be starting points for its audit: In the ASU Police Department, what training is in place to ensure that its police officers are knowledgeable and well-trained to be in compliance with laws prohibiting racial profiling and excessive force? What monitoring systems exist to ensure accountability? How does the department respond to racial profiling complaints?

Dr. Ore, the ASU community, and the broader public deserve a full and just investigation into this incident.

Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies is a network of college and university educators and independent scholars throughout Arizona.

No black person is ever safe.

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Statement of Concern from Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies

The members of Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies are deeply concerned by a recent incident involving an Arizona State University (ASU) police officer and an ASU faculty member. We call for a swift and thorough investigation into this matter.

On the evening of May 21, 2014, Dr. Ersula Ore, a professor in the English department at ASU, was walking home from campus after teaching a summer course. Dr. Ore, who is African American, was stopped and questioned by a male ASU police officer patrolling the area in his vehicle. After a short exchange with the officer, a brief physical altercation ensued in which Dr. Ore, who was wearing a dress, was forced up against the officer’s car and then onto the ground, fully exposing portions of her lower body to the public. Eyewitness accounts of the incident, including video evidence, support Dr. Ore’s assertion that the officer did not clearly inform her regarding why she was being stopped or inform her of her rights, and engaged in excessive force during her detention. Despite these questionable circumstances, however, Dr. Ore has subsequently been charged with felony aggravated assault on the officer, among other charges.

We are troubled by the responses of the media, University, and ASU Police Department about this incident. Media versions have presented a sensationalized, one-sided story that differs substantially from Dr. Ore’s and eyewitness accounts. Officials at ASU, in response to questions about the incident and possible racial profiling, have sought to distance the University, stating that 1) because the incident occurred on a public street between parts of campus, it was technically “off campus,” so Dr. Ore was a private citizen; and 2) although they will comply with any investigation, there is no evidence of racial profiling. We find these responses insufficient. First, the officer involved was an ASU police officer and the University is responsible for the conduct of its employees, including its police force. Second, whether as a private citizen or as a member of the ASU community, Dr. Ore has the right to expect dignified and humane treatment by ASU’s police officers. ASU, as a public institution, has a responsibility to ensure this occurs. Third, ASU has not undertaken a thorough investigation into the matter, so how can officials claim that there is an absence of racial profiling? In a state and metropolitan region in which racial profiling has been proven to be widespread, the ASU administration’s lack of concern for the well-being of an ASU community member of color is unacceptable.

Given that the mission of the ASU Police Department is, “To enhance the quality of life by providing a safe and secure environment through professional and proactive law enforcement services in partnership with the University community,” this incident clearly warrants further inquiry from ASU.  We ask the ASU administration to conduct a comprehensive investigation into this matter as well as an audit on the conduct of its police force vis-à-vis racial profiling.  How can ASU ensure a safe, secure, and just environment for its faculty, students, and staff if it disclaims any responsibility for the actions of ASU police officers? The following questions should be starting points for its audit: In the ASU Police Department, what training is in place to ensure that its police officers are knowledgeable and well-trained to be in compliance with laws prohibiting racial profiling and excessive force? What monitoring systems exist to ensure accountability? How does the department respond to racial profiling complaints?

Dr. Ore, the ASU community, and the broader public deserve a full and just investigation into this incident.

Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies is a network of college and university educators and independent scholars throughout Arizona.

No black person is ever safe.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST

We Have Got Realize We Are All A Part Of #THEHUMANRACE

(via itslemaj)

Speak the truth even if your voice shakes.
#FTPOH

Speak the truth even if your voice shakes.
#FTPOH

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Intellect and intelligence are invisible. Remember that. #namaste

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#Streetsistalking

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#namaste #zenmornings #camomiletea

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S/O to the pretty @rroooyyaaals_ for showing me some #instagramluv ! #girlpower :)

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#DaysLikeThis #gathering #seashells #bythesea #priceless

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You are the common denomenator.

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About:



Safiya Oni is a hip hop and r&b Singer/Songwriter from Atlanta, GA who goes by the mononym, "Oni". Born in Toronto, Ontario her primary vocal range is mezzo-soprano. On October 11th, 2012, (10-11-12) her debut single "Ride or Die" was officially released on her own label Oni Music Group. Oni's melodies and lyircs bring the production to life and give a description of a type of character rarely seen these days, loyalty. Her official debut EP entitled "The Beauty Of Loyalty" was released on December 12th, 2012 (12-12-12) and can be downloaded for free at SafiyaOni.com.

Oni first stumbled upon music learning how to play the piano by ear at the tender age of 4 years old. Her fan following is over 50,000 that was built in less than just 3 years, independently. This all started from her very first YouTube video of an original a Capella piece entitled "Has Anybody Ever" a song written about the aftermath of her ex-fiance's pleading with her to forgive him for nearly killing her and to give him another chance; neither of which she did. The piece was filmed in black and white featuring Oni being nude in a steamy candle lit bubble bath.

After the nearly fatal incident, Oni took off for Atlanta, Georgia and completely fell in love with the city. She now calls it her second home. In further pursuit of her career to get to the next level she did everything from endless auditions, local commercials, modeling with Derek Blanks and background singing for major artists. It was a meeting with entertainment exec Debra Antey of Mizay Entertainment who told Oni that she was very marketable. This inspired Oni to be more relentless with the business of music using her beauty to her advantage. She formed her own music and arts company dedicated to inspiring the world with gut wrenching music while keeping the power with the artists. Oni also began a children's foundation in November 2011 that supports organizations who rescue North American children from human trafficking and exploitation; a cause very dear to her heart.

Her mentor is hip hop pioneer Chuck D of Public Enemy. Vibe Magazine, Interscope, Def Jam, Island Def Jam, Jay Z's Roc Nation, hollywood actress Keke Palmer, 2Pac's legendary group The Outlaw's and Grammy award winning producers the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League all follow her on Twitter along a few other 12,000 people. She is also the muse and friend of rap artist Havoc (Mobb Deep).

Oni is currently recording her second EP which is being released in Fall 2014. This project is gearing to be really gritty, very open and ultra melodic. It's going to have a lot of surprises, audience engaging releases, include her very first official music video and more.

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Official Website : SafiyaOni.com

Facebook : SafiyaOniMusic

Twitter : SafiyaOni

Youtube : SafiyaOniTV