“Students said they were incensed that Haverford, which is supposed to care deeply about social justice, would try to interfere with their right to stand up against injustice.”
Telling students not to protest is a sure way to guarantee a protest of some kind will take place.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:
Haverford students on strike after college officials’ comments on Walter Wallace Jr. death
Concerns that Haverford College wasn’t doing enough to support its Black and brown students had been mounting, students say.
Then came the email last week from the president and dean, urging students not to participate in protests in Philadelphia after police shot and killed Walter Wallace Jr.
Students said they were incensed that Haverford, which is supposed to care deeply about social justice, would try to interfere with their right to stand up against injustice. Within hours, hundreds poured onto the college’s Founders Green in protest.
Now, some students are refusing to attend classes, do course work, or perform jobs at the college, and they said their strike — in its sixth day Tuesday — will continue until the college gives into their wide-ranging demands. The demands include removing the president as the chief equity and diversity officer‚ protecting and supporting students’ participation in protests, and treating equitably and providing more support and aid to first-generation students, students of color, and LGBTQ students.
The college appears to have met at least one demand; students called for Haverford to close on Election Day so that all students and employees could vote. Haverford canceled classes and made the day a paid holiday. But it was too little, too late for students, who say they have been serving on committees and calling on Haverford to do more for a long time.
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