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Cornell Black Students group issues 6-page list of demands

Cornell Black Students group issues 6-page list of demands

Wants faculty trained in “systems of power and privilege” and admissions for non-immigrant blacks “affected directly by the African Holocaust in America”

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As we have previously covered, the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY, is in turmoil after two incidents.

In one, a student shouted “build a wall” near the Latino Living Center. At least two reports (Campus Reform and The New American) claim the student was Hispanic and said it to mock Trump. The Cornell administration has declined to confirm or deny those reports, referring me instead to prior general statements from university officials.

In a second incident, one or more students who got into a fight off campus with a black student called him the “N” word.

There have been multiple statements from the university administration promising action.

The Cornell Black Students United group delivered a list of demands to Cornell President Martha E. Pollack. Cornell Sun reporter Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs obtained the list of demands, and reported:

Now, following two separate incidents that have garnered national attention and may lead to hate crime charges against a Cornell sophomore, black students are urging Pollack to respond to their demands faster than the previous administration. A “nice email” from Pollack is not enough, one Black Students United co-chair said in the days following the assault of a black student.

Delmar Fears ’19, the co-chair, hand-delivered six, stapled pages with 12 demands to Pollack on the third floor of Day Hall last week with hundreds of students at her side. BSU provided a copy of those demands to The Sun, and they are being published here for the first time.

Some of the demands — which include calls for mandatory coursework regarding systems of power, training for all employees and members of Greek life, a minority position on the University Assembly, an alternative dispute resolution process, the creation of an anti-racism institute, a permanent presidential task force, a plan to increase the presence of black Americans on campus and more — will be easier for Pollack to fulfill than others.

The list (pdf.) embedded at the bottom of the post, includes the following demands for training of students, faculty and staff:

“We demand that all students, undergraduate and graduate, to have appropriate, ongoing, and mandatory coursework that deals with issues of identity (such as race, class, religion, ability status, sexual/romantic orientation, gender, citizenship status, etc.). We want this coursework to be explicitly focused on systems of power and privilege in the United States and centering the voices of oppressed people, assembled by professional diversity consultants and student leaders. Every Dean of every college should implement this requirement, and hire faculty to teach this work who are well equipped to do so.”

* * *

“We demand that all employees of the university, academic and otherwise (including tenured professors), to have appropriate, ongoing training (tied to evaluations and payroll) that deals with issues of identity (such as race, class, religion, ability status, sexual/romantic orientation, gender, citizenship status, etc.). We want this coursework to be explicitly focused on systems of power and privilege in the United States and centering the voices of oppressed people.”

There also is a demand that a fraternity house (with which the people involved in the attack allegedly were affiliated – something the frat denies) be converted to space for people of color:

“We demand that the university to provide an adequate and appropriate space for the people of the African diaspora to utilize for programs of any kind, in perpetuity. We propose that this space be the Psi Upsilon house after they are expelled from campus.”

The hiring of psychologists and physicians of color:

“We demand that Cornell Health to hire at least two more psychologists and psychiatrists of color in the next two years. We also want Cornell Health to hire at least one more physician of color in the next four years.”

Most interesting, and perhaps reflecting a split in the black student community, the group demands specific extra help for non-immigrant blacks:

We demand that Cornell Admissions to come up with a plan to actively increase the presence of underrepresented Black students on this campus. We define underrepresented Black students as Black Americans who have several generations (more than two) in this country.

The Black student population at Cornell disproportionately represents international or first-generation African or Caribbean students. While these students have a right to flourish at Cornell, there is a lack of investment in Black students whose families were affected directly by the African Holocaust in America. Cornell must work to actively support students whose families have been impacted for generations by white supremacy and American fascism.”

Cornell Black Students United – Demands by Legal Insurrection on Scribd

[Featured Image: Via Black Students United Facebook: “Silence is power. Hate speech is not free speech. We will not waste any more emotional labor than we have already lost explaining basic human rights to your assembly. Stand on the right side of history Cornell. You will give us our time. We are reclaiming our time.”]

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“The Black student population at Cornell disproportionately represents international or first-generation African or Caribbean students.” This echos the success of such people in America which directly flies against the charge of racism as.. color is color.

They need affirmative action to overcome cultural shortcomings. The real issue in US is not racial but cultural.

    they have no idea how pathetic, and stupid they are

      C. Lashown in reply to austin. | September 28, 2017 at 4:19 am

      I disagree. I think they see a problem, but have NOT a clue how to fix the situation. African immigrants hate being around African-Americans because of the self-destructive behaviors and all the ridicule blacks throw at them.

      Generational attitudes of hard work and self-denial are the paving stones of prosperity in America, along with a stable family life. This is a formula that works. Many immigrants have this, but ghetto blacks fall far short.

        MattMusson in reply to C. Lashown. | September 28, 2017 at 8:24 am

        Many more African blacks have come to the USA willingly than were ever brought here as slaves. (The US was only tangentially involved in slave importing less than 10% of slaves in the new world.)

        1972 was the year where the number of blacks coming freely equaled the number brought as slaves.

        rabidfox in reply to C. Lashown. | September 28, 2017 at 8:20 pm

        The US does have an indigenous black middle class. These Americans have been part of the main stream American culture for years. I wonder how they feel about the ghettoization of their own children by the black power movements?

So American blacks are demanding that Cornell actively give them preference to and discriminate against non-American blacks (and whites too, of course).

Now, who the hell says that “creative writing” is dead on American campii…???

    It’s not very creative. They just photocopied from a bunch of previous demands made by other left-wing groups. I’ll bet that even the typos are the same.

    Seriously, they didn’t even demand a pony. All of the really *cool* student groups demand a pony. (Let’s see what they do now.)

    … in the pursuit of bullying

Are those students making a black power salute?

Tell them ‘no’.

On the bright side, once all these demands are met, and they get their way, they won’t have any more demands in the future. So go ahead and cater to them, Cornell administration. It’s just this one time, for sure.

“‘Fight for 15’ SJW fast food workers, meet your replacements. Kiosk 21, the computerized cashier and HAL 9000 and 9001, the burger making computer and fie master.”

“SJW students and academics, meet your replacements. The online university, distance learning, and the Lincoln Technical Institute.”

I somehow am convinced we’ll never see, “Welding for Social Justice as the whole reason these numbskulls went into race, gender, and “queer” grievance studies is that they’re completely useless for any service people might actually want.

The silliness continues. I was a freshman in the spring of 1969. Are the Cornell administrators the same wimps they were then?

    Actually, no, not the same wimps. Not even close. Then, they were wimps. Today the administration is an active supporter and participant in this madness.

We demand:

Communism, with us as the head commies. We be the more equal pigs.

Why are they attending a university system created by white people, a curriculum products of white culture, white research, white medical and engineering …

WHY ARE THEY HERE?

Appropriate answer; “We do not respond to demands and your childish list was shredded. Any further escalation of this topic could result in your expulsion from this school. “

We demand that all students, undergraduate and graduate, to have […]
We demand that all employees of the university, academic and otherwise (including tenured professors), to have […]
We demand that the university to provide […]
We demand that Cornell Health to hire […]
We demand that Cornell Admissions to come up with a plan […]

I demand that these students to have remedial English homework.

Humphrey's Executor | September 28, 2017 at 12:22 am

Well, list of demands is stronger and more absorbent than regular toilet paper.

When I read this I am amazed that any college would tolerate one minute of it. When I retired as an airline pilot I became a home inspector. A lot of my clients were from Africa. They were smart and very hard working. The real estate that I inspected for them was all rental property. They were amazed at how easy it was to buy property in America and what a great place it was to live and work. They were so grateful to be here and expected nothing from the government. There was no “Whitey” attitude and they were easy to befriend. It showed me that the color of one’s skin is truly not an indicator of what is inside. But knowing where someone was born can tell you a whole lot. These Africans must be puzzled by the protests from the pro sports players and not understand how anyone could protest such a wonderful country.

So attending a 60,000 a year Ivy League University isn’t enough special privileges for these entitled thuggish brats…. most American families can’t pull off 6,000 a year to send their post high school kid to any sort of school or college. Apparently becoming a millionaire playing a sport or attending an Ivy League University is what passes for oppression these days….

Cornell’s response should be “When you start acting seriously, we will start taking you seriously.” Is seems the pampered children are getting angry not receiving enough pampered special treatment. The pity of it is that if they would spend the time working on their classes as much as they work on this protesting BS, then their grades would be stellar.

    nomadic100 in reply to Cleetus. | September 28, 2017 at 6:13 am

    NO, their grades would not be stellar. These affirmative action kids have SAT’s of 150-200 points below the white students and are even more deficient in comparison to the Asian students. They know this and they hate it! In a way, it is a form of retaliation that they demand that everyone except themselves be subjected to politically correct brainwashing gibberish.

As a graduate of the school I am hoping that the current President understands the irreparable damage that could come to the university if she caves to these demands. Handle the incidents that occurred in a fair and firm way, but by no means should she ever officially respond to any of these demands, let alone act on them.

    And it’s likely that the incidents were hoaxes, as many of these “incidents” are.

    It would be sad to see Cornell damaged as Mizzou was, but perhaps it’s too late.

    As we all know, the Ivy League used to mean something special. Now the Ivy League is becoming something special, but it’s not the special that Alumni want.

Morning Sunshine | September 28, 2017 at 8:47 am

“the African Holocaust in America” would that be the one perpetrated by the abortion industry?

I was a Cornell junior in 1969. This is the “condemned to repeat it” thing you have heard about.

Read “Cornell ’69” by Donald Alexander Downs. Don’t be too hard on President Perkins – his wife was dying of brain cancer at the time.

The problem was/is that the administration has only three choices: capitulate, chaos, or close the school and send the kids home to their parents. If not capitulate, then the activists will escalate until chaos. No school will close itself. QED.

There is a basic problem with concentrating thousands of foolish adolescents into a small area with no adult supervision. It seems possible that this problem is about to solve itself.

Is using the word ‘Holocaust’ cultural appropriation? That is the first time I’ve heard slavery referred to such or do they mean something else by it?

If the Cornell administration was collectively sane (which it isn’t) an appropriate response to these students would be:

“What part of ‘Get back to f***ing class or you’re expelled’ don’t you understand?”

“We demand that all students, undergraduate and graduate, to have appropriate, ongoing, and mandatory coursework that deals with issues of identity (such as race, class, religion, ability status, sexual/romantic orientation, gender, citizenship status, etc.).”

Such “coursework” has a lesson to teach, although it may not be what those demanding it think it is. It’s a lesson about power, not about education.

The lesson is, “We can force you to publicly profess to believe what you do not actually believe.” For such “coursework” does not allow for neutrality, let alone disagreement: if you do not agree you fail, and if the coursework is mandatory then failure means you don’t graduate. Such “coursework” demands one violate one’s conscience as a condition of graduation. Cornell set its course when it capitulated to campus bullies in 1969; does anyone really think that, almost fifty years later, Cornell is going to reverse its chosen course?

“Die Gedanken sind frei”? Thoughts remain free on today’s college campuses, but that’s about it. The replacement of this costly apparat with online education available to all at nominal cost, and the replacement of credit-hours with comprehensive exams as the primary path to obtaining a credential (degree), can’t come soon enough.

regulus arcturus | September 28, 2017 at 11:01 am

Copycats.

I was present at a different (but equally snooty) NY college (where Prof. Jacobson has courageously ventured) a long time ago, and witnessed nearly the same demands under almost identical circumstances.

I’ve seen this movie before. The plot is dumb, and the outcome is ridiculous.

OleDirtyBarrister | September 28, 2017 at 11:18 am

That demand letter is not nearly as well written as The Port Huron Statement.

Well, at least the original draft, not the subsequent, watered down version.

H/T to The Dude

I’ve been studying the photo of Professor Jacobson found above right under ‘Contributors’. You know, he looks pretty damn white to me. GET ‘IM!

Professor J,

You need to assemble every right-of-center (and sensible left-of-center) person you know on campus outraged at this.

Take this group and divide it into as many outrageous identity groups as you can and have each present the university with a list of demands.

Inundate the administration with demands. Make it so overwhelming that they have to issue a blanket denial of all student group demands.

Mockery by word is not enough. Mockery by action is needed.

Dean Wormer: “You’re out! Finished at Cornell! Expelled! I want you off this campus at nine o’clock Monday morning, and I’ve contacted your local draft boards and told them that you were all, all eligible for military service.”

The African Diaspora will be taking over Psi Upsilon house immediately!

Do these losers realize they sound like a bad parody of the movie Animal House?

Markets always move into vacuums created by unintended consequences.

Affirmative Action deals chiefly with race not race + nativity. If recently arrived blacks (or arrived within a generation or two), are more adept at saving social capital, and are then admitted in preference to native African Americans, the Left will have one more faction in its ongoing civil war.

Identity politics is a tough road to hoe.

While these students have a right to flourish at Cornell, there is a lack of investment in Black students whose families were affected directly by the African Holocaust in America. Cornell must work to actively support students whose families have been impacted for generations by white supremacy and American fascism.”

Perhaps these Black Students United are making an argument that current descendants of American slaves are suffering from a phenomenon explained by epigenetics.

See,
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4020004/
and
https://www.whatisepigenetics.com/fundamentals/
and

The world is going mad, and the leftist domination of the education industry is largely responsible for it. Universities are no longer in the business of imparting useful information, teaching how to think in a logical, critical manner, or maintaining enough order and discipline to be able to do it.

They’ve become primarily centers for leftist social/political indoctrination, with faculty and administration dominated by the lunatic left, and a huge majority of academically unqualified students who are encouraged to raise hell to promote leftist policies and suppress dissent to them. This is the result. If the idiot students burn the place down and murder the staff, so much the better — today’s colleges have become the antithesis of education, and their problems are a direct result of what they’ve promoted and taught for the last fifty years.

The Friendly Grizzly | September 28, 2017 at 6:14 pm

What percentage of the petitioners are taking real majors?

    What percentage of instructors are capable of teaching any course in a straight-up fashion, without inundating the students with socialist propaganda and PC garbage? In many cases it doesn’t matter what course they take, since the same things are taught in all of them. Even the hard sciences are overloaded with leftist indoctrination. These kids are idiots, but the present education system has trained them to be.

In a second incident, one or more students who got into a fight off campus with a black student called him the “N” word.

We need to come up with a new description. How about the black student got called a rapper name?

All that training in public schools about diversity, inclusiveness and bullying has finally come in handy.

It’s really sad to see Administrators so unprepared to have ‘sand thrown in their faces’.

I demand … better.

Gee!
I just can’t understand why “Alumni Giving” has diminished so much.
Class of ’62

“the horrors of white supremacy” Gosh, I’m so proud.

I worked for a Cornell professor in the mid-1970s. Cornell was aggressively recruiting black and other minority students. Many who were there for the first year were not there the second year. They did not do well academically, not because they were not capable or lacking in intelligence, but because they were not prepared to do the work at this level. I have no doubt that they would have done fine at a place like UMass or Syracuse, but not in the hypercompetitative Ivy League. It was a classic case of mismatch, not unlike what would happen putting me in a math or engineering class at MIT. The Cornell administration was going to get its minority numbers in each class regardless of how these students would actually do. Liberals love to feel good about themselves.

No wonder these students are unhappy, and want their segregated life. If school were a constant struggle and if I were barely getting by, I probably would look for scapegoats and make silly demands as well. The Left derives its power from dissatisfaction and a sense of alienation. This is what passes for victory on the Left. Cornell reaps the mindlessness that it has sown.

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