200 Black Lives Matter Students Crash a Race & Equity Class

Michael Moynihan address the audience and discusses the University of Washington's investments in correctional facilities after the Black Lives Matter rally entered the Intellectual House and interrupted the Race and Equity Community Conversations on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, on the University of Washington's campus.

When the University of Washington tried to hold a “race and equity” meeting about subtle forms of racism, that wasn’t enough for some students.

At least 200 Black Lives Matter students marched into the class chanting “Black lives matter” and launched into a series of emotional tirades about racial tensions on campus. 

The UW needs to do more than just talk about diversity, said student Palca Shibale, who has emerged as one of the strongest and most outspoken leaders with the campus Black Lives Matter movement.

She said the university is moving too slowly and delicately.   “Something needs to happen, and it needs to happen right away,” she said. “We’re here to have a revolution.”

The BLM students issued seven demands that include:

  • A 25 percent increase in faculty of color by winter 2017
  • New community policing model to address UW police behavior
  • Increased recruiting of students of color
  • Recognize that UW is located on federally unrecognized ancestral land of the Duwamish people
  • Renaming two streets on the basis that they are named after men who took part in an indigenous genocide
  • They also demanded that the university recognize that it is located on unrecognized ancestral land of the Duwamish people.
  • They asked that two streets, Stevens Way and Whitman Court, be renamed because they allegedly honor men who were responsible for “indigenous genocide.”

(Via Seattle Times)


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