Black student activists at the University of California Santa Cruz have threatened to seize more campus buildings unless their demands are met.
This follows a recent incident where they seized one building until the university agreed to their list of demands. Having met the conditions after three days without negotiating at all, the university is now faced with additional threats from the same group.
The African/Black Student Alliance are now insisting on three more things, including the establishment of a “low-income housing cooperative for historically disadvantaged students, ie: non-white; a $100,000 fund for disbursement to the local Santa Cruz student support group; and the promulgation of either blacks studies department at the university, or, at the very least, a black studies minor or major program.” The group also threatens “reclamations” if the university management fails to capitulate within four months.
The Daily Caller recounts the previous incident which followed on to the current threats:
It only took three days of the students occupying Kerr Hall before the university chancellor’s, George Blumenthal, cried uncle and promised to meet the students’ bizarre wish-list: guaranteed accommodation for all black and Caribbean in the segregated “Rosa Parks African American Theme House,” the return of a lounge for the facility, a fresh coat of paint in the “Pan-Afrikan” color scheme of red, green and black for the building’s exterior and mandatory diversity training for all new students.
Despite saying he disagrees with students occupying campus buildings as a means of negotiating, Blumenthal almost thanked the students for their coercive methods, saying in May 4 statement, “The student demonstrators raised a number of issues with campus leaders, issues we fundamentally agree upon.” As he attempted to explain why the university showed so little backbone, Blumenthal suggested, “Students from historically underrepresented communities deal with real challenges on campus and in the community. These difficulties include things that many people take for granted, such as finding housing or even just a sense of community.”
The group have taken as their inspiration Assata Shakur, a member of the Black Panther party and convicted killer.