The school had to do this after a student complained that there were too many white people in the center.

The Cavalier Daily reports:

U.Va. clarifies that the Multicultural Student Center is open to all members of the University community following calls of ‘racial intolerance’

The University released a statement on social media Wednesday evening affirming that all members of the community are welcome in the recently expanded Multicultural Student Center after a video of a student stating there were “too many white people” using the facility went viral.

“In order to foster the diversity of experience and ideas that make UVA a great and good place to study and work, these centers are open to all members of the University community,” the University wrote in a statement. “They complement existing student-focused spaces such as the 1515 Building on the Corner, opened in March 2017, and Ern Commons in the Alderman Road residential area, opened in March 2012.”

In the video, which has over 2.7 million views, the student states that the MSC is a space for people of color, adding that white people should be more cognizant of the space they occupy.

“Frankly, there’s just too many white people in here, and this is a space for people of color, so, just be really cognizant of the space that you’re taking up because it does make some of us POCs uncomfortable when we see too many white people in here,” the student said in the video.

Young America’s Foundation, a conservative youth group, criticized the student’s statement as an example of “racial intolerance.”


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