“Pre-existing economic disparities – the result of systemic racism and discrimination – mean that COVID-19 has a disproportionate impact on Black and Latinx communities.”
Who is forcing these students and faculty members to show up if Boston University reopens? Do they have any sense how crazy they sound?
Campus Reform reports:
Students, faculty accuse BU of ‘white supremacy’ over campus reopening plans
Students and faculty at Boston University wrote a letter calling for the dismantling “of white supremacy culture” at the school, with a focus on campus reopening plans.
The letter titled “A Call for BU to Dismantle Institutionalized White Supremacy” came to the attention of much of the school after being featured in an article by The Daily Free Press, BU’s main school newspaper. It was written in recognition of #ScholarStrike, a two-day movement focused on addressing racial injustice in America, held September 8-9.
Within the declaration, the authors argue that many of BU’s practices and policies to allow for the campus to continue operations this fall significantly harm minority groups. Multiple groups on campus took part in writing the letter, including unionized faculty, the Black Student Union, Anti-Racist White Affinity Group Facilitators, Ph.D. Student Coalition, Student Curricula Committee, and others.
“By supporting and even encouraging a dense campus and the return of tens of thousands of inter-state and international students, BU also is increasing the health risk not only to its own campus community but also to the Greater Boston area,” the letter reads. “Pre-existing economic disparities – the result of systemic racism and discrimination – mean that COVID-19 has a disproportionate impact on Black and Latinx communities.”
“Any action which increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19 thus disproportionately affects the health of those communities,” it adds.
The letter lays out the “characteristics” of “white supremacist culture,” which include, “paternalism, either/or thinking, power hoarding, a scarcity worldview, a fear of open conflict and tendency toward secrecy in operations, a preference for quantity (or speed) over quality, and a ‘progress is bigger and more’ attitude.”
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