A student organization at the University of Michigan is demanding that the school gives them a “safe-space” where only “black people are allowed,” as well as the removal of all “white supremacist” symbols from the campus. The group behind this is Students4Justice, who frequently organizes towards the black students on campus.
They created an online petition, with a measly 143 supporters, but are organizing marches to put pressure on their school administration. The school administration has stood up against the group, not going to cave in to their demands.
Despite the campus building a multicultural center for students to use, this pre-segregation group wants a space for only black students. Their leader explained, “because we want a space solely dedicated to community organizing and social justice work specifically for people of color.”
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A student activist group at the University of Michigan is demanding campus officials provide them with “a permanent designated space on central campus for Black students and students of color to organize and do social justice work.”
The demand is one of several lodged by “Students4Justice,” who this month ratcheted up campus demonstrations to pressure administrators to cave, complaining in a newly launched petition that President Mark Schlissel has snubbed their demands.
The clamor for a segregated space for students of color to organize social justice efforts comes even as the public university builds a $10 million center for black students and others in the center of campus.
The new center is considered a “multicultural” one open to all students, but is under construction at the behest of a student group called Being Black at the University of Michigan, whose members complained that black students are marginalized because the original multicultural center they use is located on the outskirts of campus.
In their demands, students explain why the new multicultural 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.