Is segregation coming full circle? Damned if it doesn’t look that way.
Some of our universities are moving in that direction, only this time it’s being demanded by black students. That’s right, Rosa Parks and Dr. King must be turning over in their graves as they watch opportunistic black activists demand “blacks only” spaces on campus. They are becoming drunk with power. They’ve learned the fine art of extortion – yes, extortion, to get what they want.
Extortion occurs when an offender obtains money, property, or services from another person through coercion. To constitute coercion, the necessary act can be the threat of violence, destruction of property, or some other action detrimental to the person or entity. In most states, extortion is graded as a felony which can result in multi-year prison time and substantial fines. This definition definitely fits what’s going on in several of our universities.
For example, after three days of occupation by students of Kerr Hall, University of California Santa Cruz administrators agreed to give black students a 4-year housing guarantee to live in the Rosa Parks African American Themed House; bring back the building’s lounge; paint its exterior the “Pan-Afrikan colors” of red, green and black; and force all new incoming students to go through a mandatory diversity competency training.
But that wasn’t enough, the African/Black Student Alliance also demanded three additional provisions from UC Santa Cruz within its initial “Reclamation Statement,” posted on the website of the Afrikan Black Coalition. Here’s the extortion: the group stipulated that if by Fall Quarter 2017 the university does not provide “detailed plans” on how to fulfill its new demands, “there will be more reclamations.”
As is common for leftist groups, the student group chose to re-label their takeover of Kerr Hall by calling it a “reclamation.” That is how the student group referred to its aggressive three-day takeover of Kerr Hall, the primary administration building on campus, instead of describing what it really was – a forcible three-day occupation of the building.
The alliance’s three additional demands are that the university purchase a property “to serve as a (subsidized) low-income housing cooperative for historically disadvantaged students (blacks),” that the university “allocate $100,000” for Santa Cruz’s “SOMeCA” student organization support department, and that the university create either a Black Studies department or a Black Studies Minor or Major.
The group promised that, if their demands are not met, UC Santa Cruz will “force them to have to take what they know to be in their best interest to Reclaim,” or in other words, forcibly occupy some other campus building(s). That amounts to felonious extortion, plain and simple.
What will be done about it, remains to be seen. With the obvious lack of testicular fortitude resident in University of California Santa Cruz administration, I wouldn’t bet against them giving in.
That was only one example, here’s another: A student activist group at the University of Michigan is demanding campus officials provide them with “a permanently designated space on central campus for black students and students of color to organize and do social justice work.”
The demand is one of several lodged by “Students4Justice,” who this month ratcheted up campus demonstrations to pressure administrators to cave, complaining in a newly launched petition that President Mark Schlissel has, so far snubbed their demands.
The clamor for a segregated space for students of color to organize social justice efforts comes even as the public university builds a $10 million center for black students and others in the center of campus. In their demands, students explain why the new multicultural student center is not enough, “because we want a space solely dedicated to community organizing and social justice work specifically for people of color.” “We want documentation of past, current, and future student activism and this should be a permanent space that is staffed, and has resources for students to organize and share resources,” the demand letter states.
The demands caught the attention of the Michigan Review, an independent student news outlet which first reported on the issue — and criticized it.
“The same organization that criticizes the University for failing to create ‘an environment that engages in diversity, equity, and inclusion,’ is calling upon the University to undermine these ideals by facilitating a sort of de facto segregation? One where space and resources are designated for students based solely on the color of their skin?” the Review wrote. “To advocate for the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion, while simultaneously calling upon the University to sanction these spaces on campus is both unprincipled and laughably regressive,” it added.
Oh wait, I think I’m beginning to understand the concept. They (black students) want the advantages of segregation (not having to deal with that pesky “other” race) while having us pay for it.
I expect that any day now we’ll begin to hear the black mobs chant, “What do we want?” “Segregation!” “When do we want it?” “Now!.”
NOTE: Some of the content in this post was taken from The College Fix, a student-reported, right-minded website concentrating on college news and commentary.