After George Floyd, students get sick from service lip service, 'wanting action from colleges on racism

Lourdes Torre was only a few weeks into his first year at the University of Missouri in 2018 when he heard a white student using the N-word in the dorm room. She said the matter through official channels, but did not apologize - and the white student continued to say the

At the University of Torre, he fully believed that the student body was named president of the same degree in 2015; Expecting things to change. But, she said, many students are useless after their return.

So when the university chancellor finally released a public statement condemning the murder of George Floyd, Torre saw it as a demonstration after repeatedly leaking out on social media.

“It seemed to be very rude,” said the 20-year-old junior. "We have a list of things the school wants to do. I don't think they have anything to do with that."

When a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes after Floyd's brutal Memorial Day death, university administrators across the country issued statements condemning racism. But many black students said the ads were empty rhetoric; What they want is action.

They say white students are still negligent of racial insults and insults. Despite endless commissions and study groups, their campuses are monuments to Confederate and pro-separatist leaders, they said. After many demonstrations and many pledges, the number of Black faculty members remains steady and the enrollment of Black students does not increase.

A University of Missouri spokeswoman said that since 2015 it has increased in faculty diversity and graduation rates have increased "in the minority of minorities."
University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank issued a statement saying, "I want to make it clear to our black and brown students, staff and teachers: You are here, you are important to this. The campus, your life matters and I am committed to protecting you."

It did not sit well with members of the university's Black Student Union.

Nala McWhorter, president of the Black Student Union on Wisconsin's main campus, said, "It's a complete lip service, no action and no further steps." Only 2% of students in 2018 are black. . "These statements are similar to the statements he made after previous events; it reduces their weight and stops everyone."

A University of Wisconsin-Madison spokeswoman said last year that black student enrollment increased 3%, and the university would hire and retain a more diverse student body and faculty and implement reforms in campus police forces.

Many black students at North Carolina State University were outraged by a statement made by Chancellor Randy Woodson, which made no mention of police brutality. In addition to racist graffiti and flying posters, students said the campus had been damaged for years by the use of the N-word, which was not affected by the administration. Within the first week of June, three current social media posts with racial slaves were made public by two current students and one incoming student.

"We have town halls and conferences, but there are no real consequences for racist working students," said Brandon Lewis, a master's degree in meteorology at NC State.

The university has a hashtag #ThinkAndDu on social media, which he identifies with a screech.

“Black was not a professor when he was a university graduate,” said Lewis. "They work to think and reflect, but can't do much."

Following public criticism of Woodson's statement, the Chancellor made a second statement, saying that the university "should have a full diversity and comprehensive learning module" for all students and staff.

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The Alliance of Black Student Organizations is seeking reforms in campus police, student input on the police budget, the use of a public database of incidents of racial bias and high-powered officers, and cutting ties with the Raleigh Police Department. In response, NC State Police issued a statement calling for "an end to police violence against black people" and promising to set up a town hall to discuss student problems.

"They think they should calm the movement, but I don't think the current students will allow it," said Alchem ​​Dodger, a junior at NC State in the fall and Nubian editor-in-chief Sandesh, on campus. A newspaper that exposes the voices of Black and other marginalized students.

On May 31, protesters fired tear gas shells at the University of Georgia Ark while demonstrating peacefully against police brutality in Athens, Georgia. President Jere Morehead did not mention racism or police brutality. After serious criticism, he made another straightforward statement via email, but some students thought it was too late.

"You do these little things to satisfy people and shut them up a little, but it's not really the right move," said Kela Yamini, who graduated from the University of Georgia in May.

Many students want universities to change the names of buildings that honor detached separatists, such as Richard Russell. He repeatedly called on the administration to appoint Black faculty members and increase the number of Black students on campus. In a state where one-third of residents are black, in 2018, only 8% of students at the main university are black and only 3% are black.

Some students say that, besides the point, the contents of the president's statement are of some sort.

Alex English, president of the NAACP chapter of the University of Georgia, said: "I do not condemn his statements, but for not taking action." "It's bigger than police brutality. It's about systemic racism." It's about the fact that we are underestimated.

A spokeswoman said the University of Georgia has resources to increase student diversity and support black students on campus.

Students at a major university on the other side of the country - the University of California at Berkeley - want to go beyond their president's words and gestures.

"People don't believe in rhetoric," said senior Nicole Annanavu, vice president of student affairs for education.

The state banned affirmative action in 1996 from the percentage of black students in Berkeley - at 2% in 2018 (the last year federal data was available).

Berkeley students have argued that while the university has allocated millions of dollars to police, the resources will help recruit and retain black students.

On Thursday, the university announced it would ban its police officers from using chokes, kicking the police department out of the building in the center of campus and using mental health professionals to respond to emergency emergencies.

"Why should we spend more time on these things when we focus on our education?" Said Annanavu, a pre-med major.

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And in high schools in the Northeast, who are often proud of their progressive policies, many students say they are sick with words that don't even work.

Some students criticized Boston College President William Leahy for sending campus police to campus against police vandalism, while issuing a statement, "Boston I specifically ask how we are an academic and a member of the faith?" The community must answer for the murder of George Floyd.

"If you fight the B.C. police for a peaceful protest," said Tony Chase, a senior at Boston College, 4% of students are black in 2018. "It feels like a slap in the face."

Boston City representatives said police officers had been sent out under a cooperative agreement with the City of Boston and the college had begun a forum on campus inequality for racial justice.

Harvard University students who sent campus police to a rally in Franklin Park spoke out against the ruling and demanded the demolition of the university's campus police force. In February, several groups called for the resignation of the Harvard police chief after The Harvard Crimson, which found resistance to racism and sexism in the police force.

The University of Mississippi, commonly known as Ole Miss, has a long, well-documented history of racism. Three white students from last summer were shot in the back by a bullet trap, where a white woman was brutally murdered in 1955 after whistling the body of Emmett Till.

So when Chancellor Glenn Boise made a statement on May 31, he wrote, "We all believe that the university has a difficult history with these issues. It is at the forefront of complex and emotional discussions. Angry, but not surprised, his delicate choice of words.

"This is something we have all heard before," said Lia Davis of Cross-Cultural Engagement, who graduated from Ole Miss in May and served as director of student government for two years.

Ole Miss did not respond to requests for comment.

There have already been a number of incidents this spring in which students have taken to social media using racist epithets. “These students are already at a disadvantage because they took their first class, but the university said it had its hands up,” he said.

She said students living in residential halls called the N-word could never find out if disciplinary action was taken. In a state where more than half of public high school students are black, black student enrollment has dropped to 12% in 2018, up from 16% in 2010.

"I want to be optimistic, but I've seen them time and time again when they make these statements and say these things, and they don't really act," Davis said. “Are you paying more for the African American Studies department? Are you taking on more Black faculty and staff? Do you give more scholarships and more equity to African American students? Because if not, these are just empty words. "

This story about racism on college campuses was produced by the nonprofit, independent news organization The Hechinger Report, focusing on inequality and innovation in education.

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