The latest demands from social justice groups to hit college campuses includes a request to return to a practice that the Civil Rights Movement spent years trying to abolish, which is segregation based on the color of a person’s skin.
The College Fix reports that an activist group called “Students4Justice” has lodged several petitions since November of last year to the University of Michigan for the construction of a massive “safe space” building, which will cater exclusively to black students and people of color. In other words, “no whites allowed”.
The petition for segregated safe spaces started days after Donald Trump’s victory, when students at the University of Michigan planned a campus walkout from classes as a protest to force the college to provide safe spaces for black students.
In response to Donald Trump’s electoral victory, students at the University of Michigan are planning a campus-wide class walkout Wednesday afternoon. They’re demanding segregated campus space for students of African-American descent.
The event is hosted by Students 4 Justice at The University of Michigan, a group of students “who organize to target inequities on our campus,” according to their Facebook page, which features Black Panthers imagery.
Now, the same group is following up on their demands with the university’s president, upset that their demands have been “snubbed”, despite the college planning on building a new $10 million dollar “center for black students” on campus.
So why isn’t a $10 million building suitable for Students4Justice to meet their demands for safe spaces? Because they claim that students of color need a dedicated building that is “solely dedicated to community organizing and social justice work.” In other words, a staffed facility where people of color can utilize campus funded resources to make further demands, protest “micro-aggressions” and petition for yet more special treatment or segregated spaces.
In their demands, students explain why the new black 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.
Leaders of “Students4Justice” did not respond to requests from The College Fixseeking comment. Campus spokesman Rick Fitzgerald told The Fix that at “this point, our colleagues in Student Life have been working with the Students4Justice leaders to better understand their concerns. This is our normal process.”
The irony of the group’s petition did not go unnoticed by news outlets, as they are essentially fighting to reverse decades of struggles to achieve equal spaces for people of all races, which we currently enjoy in this country.
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.
Sounds like the group Students4Justice should be renamed to “Students4Justice for some, but not for others”, as anyone whose skin is not dark enough will not be included in their justice efforts. “Equality for me, not for thee”, would be an appropriate slogan for Students4Justice.
Having a segregated space dedicated to people of color isn’t the only goal for this group, as they also demand stronger responses to “oppressive attacks” in addition to more funding for students of a “lower socioeconomic status”.
This list of demands also call for more support for “marginalized” students “when oppressive attacks occur,” increasing the affirmative action of “Black, Arab, and other PoC” in tenured faculty, more readily alerting students on campus of “bias incidents,” and offering more financial aid for those of lower socioeconomic status.
Students4Justice bemoan what they perceive as a lack of action from campus leadership to these demands. In addition to the petition, earlier this month they held a sit-in, as well as a silent protest when prospective students visited campus.
Clearly the students didn’t learn the true purpose of the Civil Rights Movement, nor the message of Martin Luther King Jr., who famously said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” If Students4Justice had their way, and your 4 children’s skin isn’t dark enough, then they cannot use the same buildings as others.
The demands set forth by Students4Justice sound an awful lot like the days when blacks were not allowed to use the same schools, laundry mats or drinking fountains as whites, only this times it’s the whites who cannot utilize the same facilities.
Ironically enough, there was also a report in the NY Post today of a man and women in the Bronx who set up a “black people” only free food cart on the sidewalk, although they claimed to be serving all minorities, as the woman stated, “Mexican people are black” too.
Assuming this group’s demands were met and they received everything they asked for, I suspect their protests would not end there, as the next petition would be for segregated campus housing, dining rooms and recreation areas, essentially setting back civil rights to pre-1960s levels.