The video linked below is a shocking example of just how bad race relations in college campuses have become.
This weekend, offended students at the University of California, Berkeley formed a human barrier across the heavily trafficked Sather Gate. Protestors demanded safe spaces for gays, transgenders, and people of color.
Whites and straights were not allowed to cross the bridge, and many students had to wade through Strawberry Creek just to get to class.
The days-long protest was an effort to obtain a larger and more public safe space than the one currently provided in the basement of Eshleman Hall.
Activists moved from the bridge to the campus bookstore, where they posted an “eviction notice” informing the storeowners that the building had been claimed as a “safe space” for trans and queer students:
“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 corporation, keeping in line with its intensifying legacy of prioritizing financial profit over student needs.”
I understand that these students are trying to make a point – that certain students feel marginalized – but in staging this protest they are enforcing the very things they are fighting against: racism, discrimination, and exclusionism.
“Leftist activism has become increasingly backward on race and identify issues as of late,” write Reason.com’s Robby Soave. “The Berkeley protestors are demanding formal, university-sanctioned safe spaces for students who belong to particular identity groups. They want what can only be described as a kind of official segregation: separate spaces for students of color, trans students, queer students, etc.”
Students have the right to form whatever groups they choose, but what doesn’t make sense is that they would want these groups backed by the university, as if segregation is a campus goal.