Black students call to eliminate campus police at University of California, Irvine

The Black Student Union at the University of California, Irvine, has accused the campus police department of being complicit in anti-black violence, calling for “the dismantling of this institution’s presence in its entirety.” A Change.org petition, which had garnered 180 signatures by Tuesday afternoon, called for the campus police department “and any additional paramilitary force presence on campus” to be completely abolished, Campus Reform reported. “The problem is that policing as an institution is unethical; it accompanies anti-Black violence,” the BSU wrote. “The need to dismantle UCIPD and bar the occupation of any additional paramilitary force on campus does not stem from any spectacular event of violence: it stems from the anti-Black paradigm of policing. “Police presence on campus is a manifestation of anti-Black aggression. This aggression produces the same psychic damage and racial terror that Black folks suffer from beyond the university,” the group continued. “The university purports to be a ‘safe’ space, a place for all students to excel academically — but instead, the university engages in a range of practices and policies that reaffirm the message that we, Black people, are America’s internal enemies. The police are emblematic of an endless array of dead Black bodies, the death of our loved ones, and of our communities. “The university is an anti-Black institution, and as such, has failed to address Black suffering on its campus. In addition, the university does not adhere to Black student concerns which is evident in its pursuit to increase the police presence on campus regardless of instances of Black death and police violence. Therefore, our demand does not call for the reform of UCIPD, it calls for the dismantling of this institution’s presence in its entirety,” the group concluded. The petition, addressed to UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman, was just shy of its goal of 200 signatures by press time. One commenter, who identified herself as a lecturer at the university, said she “fully supports” the students’ demands, writing that the school has “a fiduciary duty to prioritize the well being of each of its students.”

And how, exactly, do you define “the well being” of a student, Ms. lecturer?  Their tender, fragile feelings?  Nobody has a right to not be offended.  Frankly, this whole BSU and their demands are offensive, and (ironically) inherently racist.  Anyway, one thing the “school” has a responsibility for, is the safety of its students.  And, having a competent security force is a wise, and prudent measure that the Univ. of CA has in place to reduce crime and keep students safe.  But, this really isn’t about safety and security, is it?  It’s about a group of entitlement-minded, spoiled brat, black, racist punk kids whining just to whine…and to bully those who they think aren’t strong enough to stand up to their bullying tactics.  The school President should acknowledge receipt of their little “petition,” and then tell them to get back to class…as he rolls his eyes and tears it up.  As for the lecturer that “fully supports” these losers…  She should be fired..and told to take her racial entitlement community activism some place else; maybe join up with Al Sharpton or someone like that.  Teachers and administrators have every right to their First Amendment freedoms.  That said, they should not use their positions to publicly push that sorta crap…and the school should not tolerate it.

 

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