The Black Lives Matter movement has spilled over into Canada.
Western Journalism has reported over the past few weeks and months about the BLM actions that some see as ludicrous power demands, fraudulent decrying of racism, and illegal activity involving sequestration and harassment that have crossed criminal lines. Yet the BLM movement continues to assert itself as a pro-black, anti-white establishment, civil rights movement.
The group #blackoncampusguelph, a BLM affiliate at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, took their protests to the associate vice-president of student affairs, Mrs. Brenda Whiteside. The group of what appears to be all black students surrounded Whiteside and began to accuse the university and Whiteside’s office of not doing enough to make the black students at Guelph feel safe and included, and have their culturally-specific needs met.
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The profanity-filled encounter with the black students did not start off orderly, and it didn’t end orderly either. Amid charges of systemic white, anti-black, institutional racism were accusations that the RA’s were racist, the university was racist, and that black people were not being represented and acknowledged. The group also decried the lack of black representation within the academia at Guelph. And then it happened. The group revealed their playbook and motivation for coming to see Whiteside.
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An unidentified member of the group said, “We are here to give you a list of demands that we need to see from administration. I see you too shaking your head like yeah I get it. I don’t want to hear that. I want to see action. We want to see action. There’s enough recommendations in here. We did enough work for you to make action.” A list of demands was presented to the administration. The demands covered ten topics.
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- Bias Report Policy
- Protocol for Hate Speech and Racial Incidents
- Increased Diversity in High-Ranking Faculty and Administration
- Cultural Climate Consultations
- Increased Socioeconomic Diversity
- Greater availability of Mental Health Services
- Buildings and Monuments Celebrating Distinguished Black Individuals
- Creation of Task Force on Bias and Racism led by Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans
- Living Wages paid to Staff and Adjunct Faculty
- Increased Communication regarding the above 9 demands
A quick visit to Facebook and Twitter to search the hashtag #blackoncampusguelph revealed from where the students appear to be deriving the impetus for their protests. The hashtag on Facebook returned images of black students holding banners reading, “We stand with students from Mizzou and Yale.”
The protests’ hastag also revealed images indicating that the protest at Guelph was a coordinated event all across Canada, involving at least two other universities in Ontario.
The University of Guelph’s black students are encouraged to use the hashtag to report issues of perceived racism. The hashtag reports cannot be validated through Facebook, but do serve as an indicator to the sensitivity that Guelph black students possess when they’re met with issues that they believe are racial in nature. Many of the hastags were used to relay confrontations with stereotypes of black individuals that have been perpetrated throughout the ages but nevertheless still exist in society.
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The universities under siege by BLM groups may have only two options: give in to the demands by the student groups, or resist and reject their calls for change. While the BLM movement seems to be using the same playbook, other universities may want to borrow the one used by Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s president, Dr. Everett Piper. Here’s what Piper had to say about students and student groups that may be using political activism while on campus.
At OKWU, we teach you to be selfless rather than self-centered. We are more interested in you practicing personal forgiveness than political revenge. We want you to model interpersonal reconciliation rather than foment personal conflict. We believe the content of your character is more important than the color of your skin. We don’t believe that you have been victimized every time you feel guilty and we don’t issue “trigger warnings” before altar calls. Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up. This is not a day care. This is a university!
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