Statement issued by UCSD Black Student Union
As many of you may or may not have heard, yesterday night there was a noose found on the 7th floor of Geisel Library. This is just adding on to the numerous racist and misogynistic events that have occurred, and are associated with, the UC San Diego campus. As the Black Student Union of UC San Diego has stated before, we are in a state of emergency. In fact we are beyond an emergency because an emergency connotates that there is still time to respond to a crisis. We are past that point. We are to the point in which peoples’ lives are being threatened based on the color of their skin. We write this email to you to express the dismal response we have had from the administration. Representatives from the Black Student Union have met with Chancellor Fox multiple times, but the administration uses the same rhetoric that “they need more time to respond.” There is no more time when peoples lives are at stake and the very students that help contribute most to the good name of this university are the ones that do not feel safe. The Black Student Union representatives presented that, due to this state of campus climate, the university needs to take a leadership role in educating and protecting their students. We have demanded that the Chancellor shutdown the University until they can come up with a clear plan of action to ensure that this type of behavior does not happen again. The Chancellor then responded that she must sit down and “discuss this matter” with the Senate Administrative task force. We agreed and proceeded to give the Chancellor MORE time on top of what she has already been granted. The Chancellor then said that she did not merit the situation a serious enough matter to shutdown the university. When peoples lives are being threatened on a daily basis, there should be a general consensus to stop the function of the very institution perpetuating such actions. At this point, the University needs to be held accountable. They need to send the message that as they claim is “RACISM IS NOT IN OUR COMMUNITY!” If a group of students are not feeling comfortable to the point where it is interfering with the very reason that they are at this institution, then something MUST change. A university cannot possibly function if a very valuable group of students is being threatened in a place that was said to protect them and nurture them. Therefore, we ask that all of you stand in solidarity with UC San Diego; tell your leaders to put pressure on our administration to shut down this toxic campus until our demands are met.
In Love. Struggle. &Solidarity,
Black Student Union
UC San Diego
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