A cafe/lounge at American University, a private institution in Washington, D.C., was designated a “sanctuary” for black students and white students were barred from entering.
According to The College Fix, The Bridge Cafe was only opened six weeks ago as “a community space that student organizations can use however they would like,” including open-mic nights and slam poetry. But because of an incident two weeks ago, black student activists issued a demand list to the administration and got them to agree to make the cafe their own private “sanctuary” for the rest of the spring semester.
The incident in question involved bananas with “Harambe” and the name of a black sorority written on them hanging from nooses in a couple of places on campus. That gave the student activists enough leverage to issue strong demands to Provost Scott Bass, which included three things:
For the remaining of the semester, the Bridge will become a sanctuary for people of color [POC].
All POC students get extensions, and should not be penalized for already scheduled finals after the incident.
A separate investigation team based out of the university (composed of a group of non-biased expert contractors) that can investigate cases of racism and discrimination brought against the institution of American University.
The list was signed by over 100 faculty and staff, most of whom are in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Bass said these demands were “just the minimum” the school could do and added, “These are reasonable demands. We are interested in building the kind of community which will we are all proud of.”
Who knew building a community they could be proud of meant bringing officially-sanctioned segregation back to American schools?