“Students4Justice”, a student-based activist group on the University of Michigan campus, has begged for an area on school grounds to be used as “a permanent designated space on central campus for Black students and students of color to organize and do social justice work.”
Despite the current construction of a $10 million facility with the purpose of benefiting multicultural learning, the organization has publicly asked for a blocked-off zone “because we want a space solely dedicated to community organizing and social justice work specifically for people of color.”
Students4Justice has organized numerous public protests on campus in an effort to convince school president Mark Schlissel to change his mind. In a letter to Schlissel, the student group wrote “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 school’s newspaper, the Michigan Review, scolded the demands of Students4Justice, labeling the group “laughably regressive”.
“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?” the Review opined. “One where space and resources are designated for students based solely on the color of their skin?”
On Facebook, Students4Justice carried on its message of marginalization by posting the following:
“Our president has blatantly ignored us and it is time for us to speak up. We have been told that our demands are ‘rude’. We are calling on someone to care about students’ concerns and to lead us with integrity and help us fight against the oppression and hateful acts that try to destroy us and our community.”
H/T: The College Fix
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