While looking for stories to cover today, a few of us at allenbwest.com were discussing how we feel like it’s Groundhog Day over and over.There are certain themes that seem to come up day after day, and one in particular is how snowflakes on university campuses keep making insane demands…and for the most part, the universities are falling for it.
Here’s the latest example.“Students of color” representing the Afrikan Black Student Alliance at the University of California at Santa Cruz staged a three-day sit-in at Kerr Hall, the main administration building on campus.
Per the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the Alliance had four demands:
1. The university must purchase an alliance-run and operated property to serve as a low-income housing cooperative for historically disadvantaged students.The alliance cites the fact that limited and unaffordable housing options have negatively impacted African, black and Caribbean-identified students, forcing many “to take leaves of absences, withdrawals or have not been able to attend UCSC at all.”
2. The university must provide four-year housing guarantees to all African, black and Caribbean-identified students at the Rosa Parks African American Theme House. Beds from the Rosa Parks African Theme House lounge must be removed, The lounge was converted to housing in an effort to accommodate a growing student body.
“Lounge spaces, especially the Rosa Parks African Theme House lounge, have historically served as a safe space for African, black and Caribbean-identified students,” according to the alliance. “Releasing this space to serve its original purpose will help retain African, black and Caribbean-identified students on this campus.”3. The university must paint the exterior of the Rosa Parks African American Theme House in the Pan-Afrikan colors of red, green and black.
4. The university must require mandatory, in-person diversity competency training for all incoming UCSC students. In order to do that, the university must allocate $100,000 to permanently hire a diversity adviser who is personally approved by the alliance.
“The Black Experience Team, Campus Climate Reports and student feedback alike all suggest that African, black and Caribbean-identified students at UCSC do not feel a sense of belonging here on campus,” according to the alliance. “More culturally competent students on campus can help aid this problem and help students feel more included around their peers.”
So why all these demands? Was there an increase of racism detected at the university? Well, according to the Campus Security and Fire Safety Report, which includes hate crime statistics, ZERO incidents of hate crimes based on race occurred on campus from 2013 to 2015 – however, there were five incidents based on sexual orientation. Oddly, the LGBT alliance or whatever has not yet staged a sit-in.It should also be noted that only 4 percent of UC Santa Cruz students self-identify as either black, or black and another ethnicity, according to Fall 2016 enrollment numbers. Which means Rachel Dolezal and Shaun King would fit right in.
Nonetheless, the university caved. All the demands will be met.
So here we go again. It’s a terrible precedent. And it’s a story that will no doubt be repeated again and again across the country. As long as demands are met, demands will be made.
It’s like the entire education system is under stealth siege by progressives. They’ve declared war, and we sort of ignore it because it all sounds so silly, and well, college kids just do dumb things. We all did in college.
But the pattern is so pervasive it does make you think it’s a coordinated effort, and shows no signs of slowing down.
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funnyDo I Need To Slap You?]