Dear President Bollinger, I am writing this letter on behalf of the Oromo Studies Association (OSA), a scholarly, multi-disciplinary, non-profit international organization, established to promote studies on issues relevant to the Oromo who not only constitute over 40% of the Ethiopian population but also resides in other East African countries with a total of over 50 million people.
OSA has studied & has produced scholarly works on Oromo people for the last twenty five years. OSA has conducted annual & bi-annual international scholarly conferences, produced its proceedings and peer reviewed journals and books that you can find in major University libraries and library of Congress. We have historical evidences that the Euro-American racist social Darwinian theory has provided theoretical reasoning for the Abyssinian king Menilik to kill, enslave and colonize the Oromo people. Recently several academic institutions are providing forum to the Ethiopian Prime Minster Meles Zenawi –who is charged for Genocide. Because theories guide practice and in turn practices inform theories, we are very worried about this trend. The Full Letter in PDF (OSAs Protest Letter to Columbia University)