The African/Black Student Alliance, a radical black student group, recently ending its occupation of a University of California, Santa Cruz campus building after UCSC officials granted ALL of their demands threatens more civil disruptions if more demands are not met. So, says online student reported news source, The College Fix. In spite of meeting original demands, this group warns that more demands will be made, and more Reclamations; will result.
Three additional demands being made include:
1 – The University purchase property to serve as low income housing for historically disadvantaged students.
2 – The University allocate $100,000 for Santa Cruz’ “SOMeCA” student organization support department.
3 – The University create either a Black Studies department or a Black Studies Minor or Major.
As reported, this new list of demands contains a deadline and a threat.
Deadline provided is Fall Quarter 2017.
How did this start?
On the afternoon of May 2, approximately 100 -200 members of A/BSA blockaded themselves into Kerr Hall where UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal met with representatives and agreed to meet their demands:
*All African Black Caribbean identified students have 4 year guarantee to live in the Rosa Parks African American Themed House.
*The University to remove the beds and release Rosa Parks African Themed House lounge so it can serve its original purpose.
*Mandatory diversity training for all incoming students.
*Repainting the Rosa Parks African Theme House in the red, black and green “pan-African” colors of “Black liberation”
The original occupation was sparsely reported in the press, because the A/BSA took issue with media trespassing into Kerr Hall to cover the uprising.
In spite of largely shunning the press, they did shed light on some goals through a comment on Fox News:
“Having that red, black and green house in the middle of Stevenson College, which is predominantly white-serving college, is a matter of symbolism and visibility.” Imari Reynolds told Tucker Carlson, Fox host. “Black students are on this campus. We do exist and we do pay to go here, just like our counter parts, and we do deserve to be seen here on this campus.”
Continued Chatter of WHY?
Black students chatter a long list of grievances, remunerating ‘reparation’ demands, claiming reparation, and other demands pushing back against their ‘occupation’ due to a largely white-centric ‘occupation movement’ as well as the current context of occupation of Palestine. Their demands are largely reminiscent of the claims that reparations are owed them per historical traumas experienced, which they continue to experience today.
The guise of their ambiguity appears to conflict their position, demanding segregation from the open sharing of Universities where racial segregation has been denied for more than fifty years.
Under the tough love confines of rural America, where these students might be asked to behave themselves, or suffer the consequences, University spokespersons currently are declining to discuss whether disciplinary action against students will be part and parcel of their response, or they will give in to the demands.
Perhaps a reminder: Kent State.