George Yancy’s “Dear White America”and APA’s “Statement on Bullying and Harassment”

Emory University philosopher George Yancy has recently come under attack as a result of “Dear White America,”  an open letter he published in the New York Times asking white readers to recognize “the role that [they] play (even despite [their] anti-racist actions) in a system that continues to value black lives on the cheap.” Yancy’s piece was the culmination of a series of interviews with philosophers and public intellectuals on the issue of race, and reader responses included anger, hate mail, and death threats directed at him and his family.

To respond to this and similar attacks on philosophers who discuss often controversial topics, the American Philosophical Association (APA) approved a statement on bullying and harassment at a quarterly meeting held earlier this month.

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