“It’s time that we amplify our voices. We want to be an anti-racist and anti-sexist university.”
The school decided it didn’t have the cash to do this. When they first paused the idea, I predicted protests. Here they are.
The College Fix reports:
Penn State students, faculty protest cancellation of planned race justice center
A week after word came that a planned Center for Racial Justice had been sidelined, over 100 Penn State students and faculty rallied to protest the decision — and demand it be reversed.
The center apparently was a victim of a $127 million budget deficit, but Penn State officials still promised “financial investment in existing [diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging] initiatives.”
The November 3 pro-center rally included “distributed posters and banners” and chants of “No justice, no peace,” the Daily Collegian reports.
Divine Lipscomb, special projects coordinator for PSU’s Restorative Justice Initiative, said the university “was not meeting standards for racial justice on campus.” He said “I’m here to let people know that we ain’t forget. If this is a space of academic learning, who forgot to put some thought into this?”
Professor Michelle Rodino-Colocino (pictured), who teaches courses on “Critical and Cultural Studies of Media, Feminist Media Studies and Media and Activism,” told the crowd “It’s time that we amplify our voices. We want to be an anti-racist and anti-sexist university.”
Political Science Professor Errol Henderson, the “first and only tenured black professor” at PSU and author of a coming book on how white racism affects the field of international relations, blasted the center’s cancellation by saying “I’ve been here 20 years fighting the fight against white supremacism.”
Demonstrators also demanded charges be dropped against a PSU student who protested at October 24’s “Uncensored America” event featuring Gavin McInnes and Alex Stein. This, along with the demand that the Center for Racial Justice’s cancellation be reversed, were among ten total mandates presented at the demonstration.
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