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Protesters at Syracuse University Continuing Occupation Despite Campus Evacuation

Protesters at Syracuse University Continuing Occupation Despite Campus Evacuation

“should not use its response to COVID-19 as a reason to ignore the movement’s demands”

This has been going on for months. I think it’s time to tell these kids that their little protest is over and now they have to go home for their own safety.

The College Fix reports:

Syracuse U. race protesters will continue sit-in despite evacuation of campus

The Syracuse University protesters known as #NotAgainSU will continue their occupation of an administration building despite the coronavirus-induced evacuation of students from campus.

Syracuse announced a week ago it would transition to online classes at least until the end of March. According to The Daily Orange, #NotAgainSU said in a Friday statement that the university “should not use its response to COVID-19 as a reason to ignore the movement’s demands” (such as these).

The statement chides university administrators for “abruptly” canceling in-person classes as the decision “neglects” students who work, have food insecurity, and lack access to wifi.

It also references media coverage of the coronavirus featuring “strong racist, xenophobic, and sinophobic elements,” things which led to the formation of the group in the first place.

While the coronavirus is “public health crisis,” the statement continues, “white supremacy at Syracuse University is an ongoing crisis that has not been adequately addressed […]”

Indeed, the latest sticking point in negotiations is #NotAgainSU’s insistence Syracuse acknowledge that some 30-plus “hate” incidents since November are the result of “institutional white supremacy.”

#NotAgainSU criticizes the “few concessions” Syracuse already has offered, which include five new mental health counselors, $5 million for programs dedicated to students of color, and $5 million for needs-based scholarships.

“This latest offer is unacceptable and does not begin to acknowledge or repair the white supremacy-based institutional violence the university enacts on people of color,” the statement reads.


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Morning Sunshine | March 19, 2020 at 8:29 am

is it awful of me to hope they face the *natural Consequences* of this non-social distancing behavior?

Oversoul Of Dusk | March 19, 2020 at 9:32 am

Why does the administration building still have electricity, heat, and running water?

The folks who work there should probably be working from home. The occupation force will leave when their phones run out of power and they have no way to recharge them.

It is past time to expel the grifters. They obviously do not want an education but just free $hit they haven’t earned. As to the hate crimes, I suggest for culprits the police look to see who would benefit and investigate the grifters who if found guilty should be jailed for hate crimes for running hoaxes.

Jack Klompus | March 19, 2020 at 2:28 pm

Thin the herd.

Turn off the utilities — maybe leave the water on so that the kiddies can flush the toilets? Otherwise, the custodians will face an unpleasant task.

I’d seriously consider locking the doors at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and leaving the children on their own, completely ignored, all weekend long. No food, drink, power, … That would be somewhat discouraging for the “protestors.” Just ignore them.

Sooner or later the National Guard will take care of them, given this is a National Emergency. Will they use Military Tear Gas first or just shot a few protester?

Toss the little bastards in the clink.