December 13th, 2017



Marcus Hunter, Ph.D., ABS President

Barbara M. Scott, Ph.D., ABS Executive Officer


Phone: 312.342.7618




The Association of Black Sociologists Condemns Modern Day African Slavery in Libya


The Association of Black Sociologists expresses its deep outrage at the enslavement of Black Africans in Libya. This tragedy has been brought home forcefully with recent media images of slave markets openly engaging in the auctioning of Black African refugees.


Anti-Blackness remains the foundation of the devastating institutions of slavery and colonialism and their protracted legacies on our societies. We, as Africans of the Diaspora, whose ancestors have borne the vicious yolk of slavery for centuries, will not tolerate this flagrant disregard for human rights, dignity and international morality. We strongly condemn such actions against our fellow brothers and sisters on the continent, where it is clear that humanity’s fundamental right to freedom and liberty has been compromised. We also hold accountable the imperial forces for destabilizing Libya and creating the conditions for these current atrocities.


We of the Association of Black Sociologists will not standby in silence and allow Libya to become the new African export center for enslaved Africans in this the 21st century.

White supremacy and anti-Blackness continue to deny Black people their inalienable rights.


We appeal to the African Union Heads of Government to issue a public condemnation of such atrocities and especially urge the Libyan government to investigate the allegations that hundreds of Black African refugees and migrants passing through Libya are being bought and sold into neo-slavery. We also call for the Libyan government to immediately free the enslaved and prosecute the traffickers. Additionally, we are appealing to the wider international community to play its part in eliminating this scourge of slavery once and for all from the planet.




About the Association of Black Sociologists (ABS)


Founded in 1970, ABS is a national professional organization of sociologists, social scientists, community activists, and students. Our mission is to build a tradition of scholarship and service, informed by the interests of historically disenfranchised groups in general and Black/African American people in particular. Furthermore, ABS is committed to educating, equipping, and empowering present and future generations of diverse, creative, and innovative individuals. By fostering inclusion and equality for all, ABS strives to cultivate a heterogeneous membership that can be a catalyst for societal transformation locally, nationally, and globally.


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crenshawKimberlé Crenshaw is a widely influential authority on civil rights, race, law, and black feminist theory and a founder and leader in the Critical Race Theory intellectual movement. As co-founder of the African American Policy Forum think tank, Crenshaw helps facilitate research projects that inform and advance strategies for social inclusion. She was a William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she earned the LL.M, and later clerked for Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Twice elected Professor of the Year by UCLA Law graduating classes, Professor Crenshaw’s publications include the edited volume Critical Race Theory and articles in Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review. Crenshaw received the Fulbright Distinguished Chair for Latin America, the Alphonse Fletcher Fellowship, was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2009, and was a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in 2010. Currently, Crenshaw is Director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS) at Columbia Law School, which she founded in 2011.

2012Bonilla-Silva285Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is an award-winning scholar and professor of sociology at Duke University whose work in race theory has had a broad influence in and beyond the discipline of sociology. He earned the BA in sociology and economics from the University of Puerto Rico–Río Piedras campus (1984) and the MA (1987) and PhD (1993) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before joining the faculty at Duke, Bonilla-Silva worked at the University of Michigan (1993–1998) and Texas A&M University (1998–2005). In addition to publishing numerous articles in top race journals, he is author of White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era (co-winner of the American Sociological Association’s Oliver Cox Award in 2002); multiple editions of Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States; White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism (with Ashley Doane); and White Logic, White Methods: Racism and Social Science (with Tukufu Zuberi). Bonilla-Silva lectures widely on racial and ethnic matters, including talks on the Latin Americanization of racial stratification in the United States and the meaning and significance of the political ascendancy of Barack Obama.

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