Associate Professor of Accounting and Public Policy at the University of Western Australia, Dr Michael Kiely, has criticised the University’s decision to ban an anti-racism lecturer from speaking at an event in the wake of a police-involved shooting in South Australia.
“The only reason I think it’s necessary is that the person who is being censored has been killed by a police officer, and it’s also a matter of public safety,” Dr Kieley told the ABC.
Dr Kielyn said it was important to acknowledge that there were legitimate concerns about RACISM, but said the university was not alone in being concerned about racism.
“[The] problem with racism in our society is not that there is racism, but that there are racists who are able to operate in a way that creates an atmosphere where racism can flourish,” Dr Todmorden said.
A statement from the university’s President, Dr Steve Wetherill, said that in response to the incident in South Adelaide, the University had been made aware of a complaint and was reviewing the matter.
In a statement to the ABC, Mr Wetherell said the University was making a “commitment to working with the community to ensure that all stakeholders are safe during our annual Black Lives Matter events”.
“We will continue to do so,” he said.
Dr Kierley said he had attended a number of Black Lives Matters events at the university, including one held on February 25.
He said the group’s main focus was on how to end the death penalty, and said the majority of his time was spent speaking about the need for community policing and the need to tackle the “cultural roots” of racism.
“I’ve spoken about it, I’ve seen it, but I haven’t really seen it.
That’s why I’ve taken it as a challenge,” Dr Kely said.
“I feel like I’ve become a role model, I feel like a champion for the community, and I think I’m really trying to raise awareness about the fact that racism still exists.”