A left-wing black student group that managed to get concessions from their college after “occupying” a building on their campus has announced they want more.
The African/Black Student Alliance spent three days “occupying” Kerr Hall, the administration building at the University of California Santa Cruz.
They made several demands, including repainting the all-black dorm the colors of the African diaspora (red, gold, and green); requiring “educational diversity” classes for all new students; and converting the first floor of the dorm into a community lounge, among others.
The school caved to these demands, but instead of taking their victory and walking away, they’ve returned and now are demanding more, the College Fix is reporting.
They have three additional demands and are threatening more civil disruption if they don’t get them. Added to their “reclamation statement,” the group is now demanding:
- That the university purchase property “to serve as a low income housing cooperative for historically disadvantaged students,”
- That the university “allocate $100,000” for Santa Cruz’s “SOMeCA” student organization support department,
- That the university create either a Black Studies department or a Black Studies Minor or Major.
The students give the school until Fall 2017 to implement their demands, or else.
(Actually, they say if their demands aren’t met, there will be more “reclamations,” which we assume means trying to take over a building.)
They claim that they are only “taking back what they are owed,” even though none of them are “owed” anything.
The term “occupation” is rejected in favor of “reclamation” to describe their actions, claiming:
We are pushing back against the language of “occupation” in recognition of the largely white-centric and fairly recent “Occupy Movement.” We are pushing back against the language of “occupation” in recognition of the very real settler occupations that are hxstorical [sic] and ongoing, such as the European colonization and occupation of “The Americas,” as well as the current context of occupation in Palestine.
As Black people, there are things that we are owed within the context of reparations and the historical [sic] traumas we have experienced and that we continue to experience today, and we plan to claim and reclaim those things.
Initially, the school said there would be “disciplinary action” against students who forcibly took over Kerr Hall, but there was none. In fact, they gave the students exactly what they asked for.
This time, they made the same threat, but nobody believes them anymore.
So expect this to continue – more demands, more concessions, until they finally go too far.