“this space will center the voices and experiences of students of color”
This will not help the cause of students who are against arming the police. It will only further alienate them from the campus community.
Campus Reform reports:
Student group bars white ‘allies’ from forum on arming police
A Georgetown University student group recently barred white students from attending a community discussion on a proposal to arm campus police.
The “Community Dialogue on Racism & [Georgetown University Police Department]” was hosted by the Georgetown United Against Police Aggression (GUAPA) student group on April 24, and despite describing the event as an evening of “community and discussion,” the organizers specifically stated that “allies” were “not welcome” to attend the event.
“It’s time to talk. All of us have a story about GUPD. All of us know someone who has been targeted. Let’s do something about it,” the event description stated, urging students to “Come this Tuesday for community and discussion.”
The event page stipulated, however, that “this space will center the voices and experiences of students of color,” informing “allies for the safety of students of color” that “allies are not welcome to attend this preliminary dialogue” before mentioning that “food will be provided.”
The April 24 discussion event, which was backed by dozens of student organizations, came one day after the GU Advocates for Responsible Defense, known as GUARD, published a letter to Georgetown’s president addressing the recent mass shootings across America.
In the letter, GUARD argued that “the current active-shooter protocols are inadequate,” and that “if one or more illegally-armed persons enter an academic building intent on committing a massacre, students have no practical recourse but to hide under their desks and wait for Metro PD.”
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