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NCOBPS Denounces Sexual Harassment
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11/23/2017 to 1/31/2018
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National Conference of Black Political Scientists Denounces Sexual Harassment and
Advocates for a Discursive Paradigmatic Shift


FOR IMMEDIATERELEASE                                                          November 21, 2017



Shayla C. Nunnally, President

Sekou Franklin, President-Elect


Since 1969, the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) has been devoted to advocating for people of African descent.   Part of this advocacy involves recognizing the struggles of African-descended people, at the various intersections of their identities.  In the past couple of weeks, the United States’ media have disclosed multiple allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and predacious behavior, most often with women and/or girls as victims, in the imbalanced power dynamic of men perpetrators, who could abuse their power to the detrimental silence of their victims.  These allegations have been troubling, as they have revealed sometimes patterned and long-termed behavior of the perpetrators against their victims and as they have revealed that such alleged reprehensible actions cross racial/ethnic, class, and age boundaries for the victims. We also understand that such violations have a long and sordid history for black women and girls.

NCOBPS denounces sexual harassment, sexual assault, and predacious behavior in its various forms, which violates people’s human dignity. The seeming paradigmatic shift in public discourse that has unmasked widespread sexual assault, harassment, and unwanted advances must also include an intersectional analysis that accounts for hostile behavior towards black women, girls, and other women and girls of color. In fact, racialized forms of sexual misconduct in all forms (assault, rape, harassment, unwanted advances, molestation) toward black women and girls were once constitutive of American slave culture, and thus embedded in the social and political framework of American society.  To this effect, NCOBPS also supports continuing, renewed, and revised visions for the safety, equality, and empowerment of women and girls and their voices and circumstances.

In the process of this critical, societal moment of reflection, assessment, and aspiration for change to protect women and girls, NCOBPS reassures its members that it is vested in supporting a tranquil, respectful, and safe environment for all its members, and it reasserts these principles within its organization, as stated in its formal sexual harassment policy.


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