The Black Student Union of Massachusetts’s private Clark University is demanding school officials to “do more” for its black students, according to The College Fix.
The effort is led by students Ahiela Watson and Kadijha Kuanda. The BSU said their demands “do not come from a desire to be ‘trendy'” with the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement, but from the “lived experiences” of black Clark students.
According to Worcester Magazine, BSU President Watson said she was “microaggressed” as a learning assistant (a professor “routinely got her name wrong and often called her by the name of the only other Black woman on the team”), and reportedly added that with her position it feels like she’s “doing other people’s job for free.”
Those jobs to which Watson refers are what the BSU’s eight demands state.
They include the following:
(1) for University Police (UP) to cut ties to the Worcester Police Department,
(2) for UP to stop carrying weapons,
(3) for everyone hired by the university to undergo mandatory semi-annual anti-racism training,
(4) for all students to undergo cultural competency training every semester,
(5) for a BSU representative, a Black faculty or staff member to be part of the search for the new Chief of Police,
(6) for racial bias incident reports to undergo an investigation that can lead to disciplinary probation and that a BSU representative be present in the investigation,
(7) for the university to hire more Black mental health practitioners, and
(8) for the administration to report on its progress to students every semester.
Watson reportedly wanted her professor investigated for getting her name wrong (a reference to demand #6—the prof “never had the decency to ask or correct himself”).
The BSU president pointed out that at a student protest on October 12, white students recited an oath of black “allyship” in which they “vowed” to acknowledge their white privilege and to “protect Black bodies with their own in times of violent incidents.”
Regarding the first and second demands, Kuanda said that seeing armed law enforcement is “traumatizing” for black students, especially given the U.S.’s proclivity for violence against black people.
Originally from Germany, Kuanda added that George Floyd’s death made her feel “very alone and beaten down” and that the country in which she chose to study “just naturally hates” her.
She has pondered remaining in the U.S. after graduation, but in Germany, where she admits racism is not discussed as often as here, “at least Black people aren’t shot and killed by police on a regular basis.”
The peculiar idea that black people are being shot and killed at a high rate is not only false, but the data seems to suggest the exact opposite. There were fewer than 13 unarmed black men shot in 2019—and of those 13 people, it is uncertain how many still posed a danger to an officer or others in their community.
This is compared to 22 unarmed white men who were shot during the same year, yet this particular number appears to be irrelevant, as it does not fit the narrative currently being pushed by anti-police advocates.
One Black Lives Matter advocate, Yusra Khogali, even went a bit further, charging white people with being “subhumxn.” The Post Millennial reported on Khogali’s comments about white people, who said: “Whiteness is not humxness … in fact, white skin is sub-humxn.”
“White ppl are recessive genetic defects. this is factual … white ppl need white supremacy as a mechanism to protect their survival as a people because all they can do is produce themselves. black ppl simply through their dominant genes can literally wipe out the white race if we had the power to.”