Reinistate Dr. Anthony Monteiro, and Reinvent US Higher Education
This article by Glen Ford appeared in the Black Agenda Report on 3/12/2014.
“University president Neil D. Theobald confirmed that it was Asante who asked Soufas to kick Monteiro off the faculty.”
There have long been rumors about Dr. Molefi Asante’s lack of credibility and scholastic integrity. Amidst these often unsubstantiated claims, we chose to feature him as one of our black scholars that should be read. In light of recent developments surrounding the firing of Temple University Adjunct Professor Dr. Anthony Monteiro, and the duplicitous role in that firing played by Dr. Asante; we will no longer feature him on our site.
“Temple University took on the wrong adjunct professor when they terminated Dr. Anthony Monteiro’s contract”
It’s not so easy to fire an associate professor of African American Studies who has forged strong ties with the surround Black community. Philadelphia’s Temple University is finding that out, in the case of Dr. Tony Monteiro. Protesters converged on campus, this week, and their anger was directed as much at “Afro-centrist” Prof. Molefi Asante as at Teresa Soufas, the Dean of Liberal Arts who fired Monteiro.
Temple University took on the wrong adjunct professor when they terminated Dr. Anthony Monteiro’s contract, without warning, in January. And Dr. Molefi Asante, the proponent of “Afrocentricity” who Monteiro and his student and community allies propelled to the chairmanship of the African American Studies Department after a bitter struggle with the administration, last year, chose the wrong man – and the wrong movement – to stab in the back.
Hundreds of community, labor and student activists gathered on Temple’s North Philadelphia campus, on Monday, in a rally that began with the demand for Monteiro’s reinstatement, and ended with a call for a “new paradigm” for the university and its relationship to the surrounding Black community. The activists’ anger was directed as much at Asante as at Teresa Soufas, the Dean of Liberal Arts who fired Monteiro. University president Neil D. Theobald confirmed that it was Asante who asked Soufas to kick Monteiro off the faculty. Asante’s name is now, deservedly, mud.