The limits of “multiculturalism” and the racist precepts of Critical Race Theory were on full display this September at Arizona State University when two black female students harassed a pair of white male students who were attempting to do schoolwork in the campus multicultural center—and then applauded themselves for successfully reclaiming their safe space.
The white students were sitting calmly at a table when they were approached by the women who demanded that they leave. “What did I do wrong?” one student asked. “You’re offensive,” the woman replied, noting the “Police Lives Matter” sticker on his laptop. “We’re just trying to do school,” responded the other white student who was wearing a t-shirt reading “Didn’t Vote for Joe Biden.”
From there the encounter deteriorated into a vitriolic diatribe from the two women who insisted that the two white males were “making this space uncomfortable” by their mere presence.
“You’re white! Do you understand what a multicultural space– it means you’re not being centered!” one of the women yelled at the males.
“White isn’t a culture?” asked the man in the anti-Biden t-shirt.
“No, it’s not a culture! White is not a culture!” the female screamed at him. “This is the violence that ASU does and this is the type of people that they protect! This white man thinks he can take up our space … they think they can get away with this s**t!” The encounter continued for approximately seven minutes until the men finally packed up their belongings and appeared to leave.
Astoundingly, instead of condemning the women for ousting the two peaceful white males from studying in a campus building, many students and faculty on campus took the side of the black women who initiated the hostile encounter.
The ASU Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, a student organization, proudly posted the video on Instagram with the heading “Defending the space” and also put out a statement claiming that the incident was a result of “ASU not taking seriously our safety concerns, especially in regards to the multicultural center.”
“We believe that inclusion means making spaces safer for the most marginalized students,” the Multicultural Solidarity Coalition statement reads. “We understand ‘blue lives matter’ to be an explicit rejection of the Black Lives Matter movement and therefore an overt threat to Black lives. In the new multicultural centers, we will not tolerate people entering with racist slogans to intimidate and antagonize historically and currently marginalized students. Inclusion does not mean we accommodate white supremacists, their slogans, and behaviors at the cost of endangering all other community members.”
Another campus group, Students for Socialism, concurred, putting out a statement referring to the “recent attack on BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, People of Color] committed by two racist white men,” even though the men were sitting peacefully doing schoolwork when they were approached by the black females.
An ASU postdoctoral research scholar, Stephanie Koebele, chimed in with a twitter post accusing the men of deliberately antagonizing minority students by their mere presence in the multicultural center, claiming “their presence made the space unsafe & they knew it.”
The ASU administration, instead of clarifying that federal civil rights law actually makes it illegal to exclude individuals from a public space due to their race and defending the right of the white males to sit in the multicultural center, simply issued a statement saying it will be “be discussing [the incident] with all involved” and “expects respectful dialogue between students in all engagements.”
The deliberate ouster of white students from a campus multicultural center on the grounds that they were making minorities feel “unsafe” is an egregious example of Critical Race Theory put into practice.
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