Skip to comments.Michigan black student union: ‘physical action’ if seven demands not met in one week
Posted on 01/21/2014 5:47:58 AM PST by Altura Ct.
Members of the University of Michigan Black Student Union said they would have to resort to physical action if a list of seven demands issued on Martin Luther King Day are not met within seven days, The Ann Arbor News reported.
If negotiations are not complete we will be forced to do more, beginning to increase valiantly our activism for social progress and take physical actions on the University of Michigans campus, said senior Shayla Scales to a group of students gathered on campus, according to the Ann Arbor News.
The seven demands, read aloud by an activist associated with the union after a speech by entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte, included calls for more control over the Black Student Unions budget, more housing for lower-income students, a new multicultural student center, the requirement of classes teaching all students about the historical treatment of minorities, access to emergency scholarships for minority students, increased exposure to library materials and a requirement that 10 percent of the campus be represented by black students.
Besides the speech by Belafonte, who has recently compared conservative business leaders to the Ku Klux Klan at a rally for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the social justice activist group By Any Means Necessary, which strongly advocates affirmative action policies, also rallied on campus, blocking traffic in the process.
Mondays demands come two months after the Black Student Union began a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #BBUM. The hashtag, which stands for Being Black at Michigan, trended nationally and was a response to a campus fraternitys plans to hold a Hood Ratchet Thursday party.
The BBUM campaign, as difficult as it was to hear, has been incredibly insightful. We hear you, and we are making changes, said University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman before Belafontes talk, The Ann Arbor News reported.
Coleman, along with school provost Martha Pollack, had issued a three-pronged approach to address diversity at the school. The school plans to implement diversity and tolerance programming beginning next year, according to another report from The Ann Arbor News. A student-faculty committee is also being set up to address campus diversity.
The school has been the center of many similar debates. The U.S. Supreme Court backed the University of Michigan law schools affirmative action policies in a landmark 2003 case. But in 2006, Michigan voters overturned the law. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on that matter last October.
The percentage of black students at the school has declined since the 2006 vote. Black students made up 4.6 percent of the schools student population in 2012, down from 6.8 percent in 2008, according to The Ann Arbor News.
Members of the student union who issued the seven demands for change would not specify what types of physical actions they planned to take, the Ann Arbor News reported.
Sounds like a terrorism threat to me. Where is Homeland Security? Eric Holder?
Is their pysical actions any diffeent than what is going on today?
Alright, that school is done. It will be taken over by rude power hungry idiots who want to steal from its “budget” and teach what they want.
The BaBUM campaign? Really? If any individual wants to BaBUM, go right ahead...
Blah, blah, blah, blah......
Daylight come and I wanna go home...
If I had a kid enrolled there, he/she would be unenrolled today
If they think its bad now wait until 20 million illegals are citizenized and given free tuition, etc.
I suggest the University of Michigan White Student Union leave campus for a few days. Oh wait, never mind.
Terrorist threat: immediate expulsion, jail.
Hell they’re probably getting tips from ol’ eric from his days of old when he and other criminals occupied the university administrative offices. Man have we sunk to unbelievable lows in the past 20 years. Looks like “the plan” is working out just fine. The one where we become a 2nd/3rd rate country. Purty sad.
Meanwhile, my son and daughter were both turned down by Michigan, in spite of being valedictorian and salutatorian respectively at high school, and while both ended up at Purdue, neither gained even a single penny of scholarship money for all of their hard work. Both are now on the Dean’s List there by the way — and paying $45,000 per year each out of their own pockets (via student loans).
...of course, they don’t have minority status, so they don’t count.
This is how they turned Detroit into a ghost town,.
This can be DIRECTLY tied to the clown in the WH and his Veep. Uniter?
You are an invited guest to study at the university. Revoke that invitation.... want your university to have those things... build your own. Buh Bye
for the “uninformed”.... this about anpther “hood ratchet” party...long since cancelled
University of Michigan fraternity is under fire after scheduling a Hood Ratchet themed party.
Theta Xi created a Facebook event for a November 7 party, entitled World Star Hip[-]Hop Presents: Hood Ratchet Thursday.
Started from da bottom now we here but now we goin back to da hood again!! [sic] the since-removed invitation read.
The event sparked outrage among minority students by specifically inviting: rappers, twerkers, gangsters (no bloods allowed), thugs, basketball players, bad b*tches, ratchet p***y.
Is the University of Michigan still a school or what?
Expell this moron- how did the school ever accept anyone this stupid?
They should publicly state it too “We’re sorry, we tried to let him in under affirmative action principles, but we never suspected he was THIS STUPID”
Hey I was reading an afrticle yesterday about a mostly black college that had a group of white kids calling themselves White Student Union. They were making demands and threatening the college if their demands weren’t met.
Oh, nevermind that was something else. That would be racist.
Its where Bill Ayers went to school.
Well, let's see...
1. The Black Student Union could throw a temper tantrum on campus and hold their breath until they turn blue.
2. The Black Student Union could play knockout games on members of the White Student Union.
Which one might be more likely?
Yes, but you have to suffer for the sins of others thus learning the hazards of being part of the white privileged class. Or some other such nonsense justifying stealing your children’s future on the alter of reparations.
Das right, all you white @#$#%&'ers, git wid it.
It hasn’t been a school for a very long time.
I will be voting for Tea Partier Rob Steele for a UofM board of regents seat.
it was a tad strange back on the late sixties when I left the state...but this craziness is just astonishingly unscholarly.
seven demands? apparantly these pukes are bored...can no longer get off on marijuana and need to act out to get their kicks.
This has always been what the left has held as their trump card, or perhaps what they fear the most. I’ve seen it stated many times in various ways -
we have to give the minority underclass the wealth that the majority earns or they’ll riot.
My reply is that rioting, vandalism, theft and violence are illegal and that if they try it, they should be penalized accordingly.
Live according to our laws, customs, and culture or suffer the consequences.
Congratulations to you and your children for such accomplishments.
I really mean that.
I have a son and daughter and I’m ready to teach them Japanese and Chinese in the hope that they acquire such intellectual skills that the ability to speak those languages is appreciated by those countries that are not following our descent into whatever morass awaits the fruits of “diversity” and the oblivion of any morality whatsoever...
Black players will boycott the basketball team..
“Members of the University of Michigan Black Student Union said they would have to resort to physical action if a list of seven demands issued on Martin Luther King Day are not met within seven days, The Ann Arbor News reported.”
Cleverly worded. An attempt to intimidate with an implied but not explicit threat of violence. “Physical action” can mean demonstrations. Call their bluff.
The most ignorant college grad we have been unfortunate to have as a house guest graduated from Michigan with a degree in Psychology and one in Women’s Studies. She was so brainwashed from her diversity classes that it was hard to believe she was related to hubby. We banished her from the presence of our children because she offered to take our daughters to an abortion clinic if they found themselves pregnant. They were high school aged at the time. She bragged about how she had done the same for friends in college because it would be so awful to throw away their futures for babies. She told our children that military members had Jesus’ complexes and that they were horrible people. She had a professor who blamed the US for WWII and who railed against the atomic bomb.
I “demand” that within seven days these “protesters” leave that school and wander America seeking alms.
The campus already was PC when I went there over 30 years ago. I can’t imagine that it is any less “diverse” now.
ex·tor·tion - noun
Happens everyday with no recourse. Look at how the ACLU operations or Unions or Atheists or gay movement are all extortion.
Shoulda drop-kicked her ass out of the house the moment she opened her mouth to let loose that garbage.
Books............they need to see a book............and be shown how to read it.................
Aren’t there speech restrictions on campus that would stifle/censer/preclude such speech?
Saw this story on the news last night because they had to do their obligatory MLK day story. There were only 5 kids in the room doing this (only 5) (did I mention it was only 5). The camera kept going to each one separately to make it look like there was a huge crowd. It was truly embarrassing.
if they are qualified and gain entrance on the merits of their academic performance, no problem. otherwise. NO!
Sounds like you’re the problem - it’s following you around... :)
Ann Arbor is a bizarre town anyway.
They create a lot of their own problems because they advertize their weakness by bragging about their diversity and tolerance. It attracts the predator class like a bunny with a broken leg attracts coyotes.
We demand that the university give us an equal opportunity to implement change, the change that complete restoration of the BSU purchasing power through an increased budget would obtain.
Mac - Translation. Wah. Gimme money.
We demand available housing on central campus for those of lower socio-economic status at a rate that students can afford, to be a part of university life, and not just on the periphery.
Good luck with that. I live just outside the city. I couldn't afford Ann Arbor housing even if I wanted to live in the city. Ann Arbor's expensive thanks to the trust fund babies.
We demand an opportunity to congregate and share our experiences in a new Trotter [Multicultural Center] located on central campus.
What's stopping that now?
We demand an opportunity to be educated and to educate about Americas historical treatment and marginalization of colored groups through race and ethnicity requirements throughout all schools and colleges within the university.
More like indoctrination.
We demand the equal opportunity to succeed with emergency scholarships for black students in need of financial support, without the mental anxiety of not being able to focus on and afford the university's academic life.
And po white trash get left off as usual.
We demand increased exposure of all documents within the Bentley (Historical) Library. There should be transparency about the university and its past dealings with race relations.
What's stopping you from exposing documents in a library?
We demand an increase in black representation on this campus equal to 10 percent.
We voted affirmative action down with MCRI, so no deals.
#8 Change our diapers