University of Michigan students demand a non-whites-only space for ‘social justice’ work and the removal of ‘symbols of white supremacy’ on campus
Students4Justice wants a segregated space to organize social justice efforts
This request is on the organization’s list of demands it sent to school officials
They’ve coordinated campus protests to pressure administrators to cave
And circulated an online petition addressed to the university’s president
By JORDAN GASS-POORE
24 February 2017
A student activist group at the University of Michigan is demanding campus officials provide them with a segregated space for students of color to organize social justice efforts.
The demand is one of several lodged by Students4Justice, who this month coordinated campus protests to pressure administrators to submit.
They wrote in an online petition that President Mark Schlissel has rebuffed their demands,The College Fix reports.
‘Our president has blatantly ignored us and it is time for us to speak up. We have been told that our demands are “rude”,’ Students4Justice states on its Facebook page in announcing its petition.
So far, the organization’s petition has 134 supporters.
‘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.’
The clamor for a ‘a permanent designated space on central campus for Black students and students of color to organize, and do social justice work’ comes even as the public university builds a $10million multicultural student center.
But Students4Justice want a separate on-campus 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’, states the organization’s demand letter.