Black students at UCLA read the riot act to the administration, demand $40M, ‘safe space’

Black students at UCLA read the riot act to the administration, demand $40M, ‘safe space’

It sounds almost like a ransom note:

We demand $40 million plus a fueled jumbo jet in exchange for the return of your campus unharmed.

Except in this case, the 40 mil is an “endowment” to the black students at the University of California at Los Angeles, and instead of the jumbo jet, they want “safe spaces” on campus and guaranteed free housing.

There’s more to the 8-point ultimatum delivered by the Afrikan [sic] Student Union (ASU), which also seeks “compensation for racially insensitive incidents.” These include racist stickers that students found on campus and a Kanye West-themed party at one of the fraternities in which white students evidently dressed up in baggy pants or something.

The student newspaper Daily Bruin quotes Afrikan Student Union Chair Alicia Frison as explaining that “$40 million is just a drop in the bucket for the university. Berkeley already has a $30 to $40 million endowment even though they have less [sic] African American students.”

According to the paper:

ASU also demanded that the university create anti-discrimination policies against prejudiced behavior. For instance, the group requested that all incoming students, UCPD officers, faculty and staff go through anti-discriminatory competence training.

I don’t know. Maybe the jumbo jet will appear on the next list of demands.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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