We Have Come Full Circle
"I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever."
Gov. George C. Wallace
American University students and administrators are pushing for “spaces” on campus designated for “students of color,” claiming that it will promote diversity and inclusion at the university.Students and staff at American University (AU) are calling for “the creation of more spaces for students of color,” so that minority students can have an area on campus where they can go to be separated from the rest of the campus body, in the name of “diversity and inclusion,” according to the university’s student newspaper.
AU students are criticizing the university’s Hub for Organizing Multiculturalism and Equity (HOME) for being “marketed to students of all backgrounds rather than to students of color.”
“HOME doesn’t provide people with a sense of security, with a sense of belonging, when everyone from all types of affinity groups can be there,” said Othniel Malcolm Andrew Harris to AU’s student newspaper.
The Director of the University Center, Michael Elmore, suggested that students are currently unable to walk around on campus while simultaneously enjoy living under the principles of “basic respect, basic agreement on civility and human rights,” which is why HOME is necessary.
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Student Government, Rafael Cestero, noted that providing a “space” for one minority group, could lead to “every single other minority group” demanding their own segregated space as well.
Prior to the opening of HOME, there was not a space for students of color to build community, said Ayana Wilson, AU’s student activities director.
“There were no spaces where students of color felt safe,” Wilson said.
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