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Jim Crow in Reverse: NYU Black Student Group Wants Segregated Housing

There once was a time in American when whites and blacks came together to end the policy of segregation, instead bring people together, as one nation. This was the dream illustrated by America’s historic civil rights pioneers like Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks and many others.

However, in recent years political trends have led some minority groups to want to reverse decades of integration – and instead re-divide society based on race and skin color. Ironically, these renewed calls for segregation are not coming from conservative white quarters, but rather, from radical student activists within the black community, and the radical ‘progressive’ wing of the Democratic Party.


NYU students in in Manhattan gather for a Black Lives Matter protest opposing the election of Donald Trump at President of the United States on November 16, 2016 (Bria Webb/Reuters)

This driven began gaining traction in 2016, when some black college students across the country started to demand they be segregated from their white peers – calling for specially designated “safe spaces” on university campuses, supposedly to protect them from racial ‘microaggressions.’ An extensive list of demands were later drawn-up and given to campus administrators across America, published by the Black Liberation Collective at TheDemands.org.

Despite the regressive nature of this policy push to segregate students by race, university administrators appear to be caving in to many of their political demands.

The Federalist reports…

A student task force at New York University who call themselves the Black Violets, are pushing for segregated housing in dormitories. The Black Violets created a petition in July to establish floors specifically for black students in NYU student housing.

The petition, which currently has over 1,000 signatures, reads “We, members of the Black student body, demand that NYU implement Black student housing on campus in the vein of themed engagement floors across first-year and upperclassmen residence halls.” The first demand listed on the petition is to create  “floors completely comprised of Black-identifying students with Black Resident Assistants.”

Nai Robinson, co-founder of the Black Violets, told Washington Street News that currently black students are not cared for on NYU’s campus. “There is nothing to protect us,” Robinson said. “Literally no systems in place. What do you do when your professor is racist and wants to take it out on your grades? Microaggressions in classroom discussions?”

The Black Violets outlined other initiatives they are focusing on which include hiring black professors in the political science department and creating a black student lounge on campus.

The university could not be immediately reached for comment but a university spokesperson, John Beckman, told Washington Street News:

“We appreciate the petition authors’ position. Res Life staff have reached out to the authors of the petition to discuss how we might move forward with their goals. Given the COVID-related challenges to the student housing system for 2020-2021, these conversations would be aiming towards 2021-2022.”

NYU is not the first university to see a push towards segregation in housing. In 2016 California State University implemented the Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community. The residential community is “designed to enhance the residential experience for students who are a part of or interested in issues of concern to the black community.”

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