Black Lives Matter student-activists at William & Mary are enraged with their college president after a live-streamed living room forum on Facebook.
At the forum, President W. Taylor Reveley III received a list of demands from the Black Lives Matter campus organization, which included a tenured diversity position, a required social justice course, an African Studies department, and employment of a greater % of black professors.
Reveley responded by saying that while William & Mary already employs a Diversity officer and is working on many such initiatives, he was taken aback by the group’s militant approach. “I don’t deal in demands,” he said. “I love to get suggestions, recommendations, strong arguments.”
Then, the president complimented an African-American colleague, calling the man “handsome” and “a good guy who did great work.”
The response from BLM? “This is what white supremacy looks like,” said one of the students. “How could he not see the micro-aggression” in talking about a black man like that, she then asked on social media.