Anti-Racist Berkeley Protesters Demand Spaces of ‘Color’, Harass White Students Trying to Pass

Oct 25, 2016 by

By Lukas Mikelionis –

Left-wing students at the University of California, Berkeley are protesting again. This time, however, these students are calling for “safe spaces” for transgendered people, as well as “spaces of color” at the University (which they already have).

The protesters are also harassing white students trying to study, barring their path across a key bridge while allowing students of color safe passage.

The protest, which began last Friday, blocked Berkeley’s Sather Gate, disrupted studying students in the Student Union, and blocked traffic at the intersection of Telegraph and Bancroft in front of campus.

In video of the protest, the so-called anti-racism protesters were seen denying passage across the bridge to white students — shouting “go around” — while happily allowing students of color to pass through.

After blocking the bridge, the protesting students moved towards the front of campus to occupy the front of the student store, because they felt it interfered with their “safe spaces”.

A notice of eviction is seen being put on the building by students claiming “You are hereby notified by the students of the University of California, Berkeley to vacate the premises immediately. University administration wrongly allocated this two-story facility to a third-party corporations, keeping in line with its intensifying legacy of prioritizing financial profit over student needs.”

The notice cites a need of safe spaces for trans and students of color because “The work that these student-run spaces produce to recruit and retain students of color and provide support for the LGBTQIIA+ student community is invaluable and must be affirmed by the university.”

The students ended their letter with an ultimatum: “If you fail to vacate immediately, community action will continue to escalate with the goal of eliminating any revenue generation”, adding that  “This space expansion is one step in an ongoing process to remedy the historical devaluation of students of color and LGBTQIA+ students.”

Some students in the footage said the protesters are “quite childish” adding “I agree with the right to protest, but disrupting the peace of others is not okay”, as protesters disrupted students trying to learn.

UC Berkeley never disappoints.

Source: Anti-Racist Berkeley Protesters Demand Spaces of ‘Color’, Harass White Students Trying to Pass | Heat Street

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