recently spoke at the University Of Memphis, where controversy raged on campus
about her appearance.
The problems started when Souljah's visit was
sponsored by the Black Student Associations Black History Month Committee. The
president of The College Republican's, sophomore Andrew McGarrity protested
Souljah's appearance, due to statements she made to the Washington Post in 1992.
"If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill
white people?" she ten years ago.
"It's black history month and they're trying
to unify the campus. This seems to be in direct opposition to what they're trying
to do," McGarrity told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. "This lady spouting
off all these racial comments and anger or whatever the case may be, just seems
to be working against themselves. As Americans, we all should be offended,"
McGarrity said in an interview Friday from Washington, where he is interning
at the White House.
Sista Souljah did make her appearance last Wednesday
and responded to her critics. "Dishonest people are afraid to dialog,''
Souljah said. During her lecture, she explained how growing up in the projects
in New York helped her build her character. She also spoke on the importance
of learning African philosophy and history. the importance of family relationships
and criticized the penal institutions.
Currently, Sista Souljah is the Executive Director
of Daddy's House Social Programs, which is a non profit organization for urban
youth financed by Puffy.