Black Student Alliance Holds Heated Meeting with MSU Administrators

Josh Mansour, State News, October 28, 2011

The Black Student Alliance, or BSA, met with some of MSU’s top administrator’s, including MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon on Friday at Brody Hall, determined to see action in response to a series of racial incidents that have occurred on campus this semester.

The group read off a list of 22 demands they want to see implemented by administrators, with each demand containing an expected date of completion.

Included in the list of demands were the establishment of a multicultural center, the creation of a required course for all students teaching cultural sensitivity and an increase in black students, faculty and staff at the university to match the 15.2 percent of blacks in Michigan’s population, according to U.S. Census data.

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The tone of the meeting was contentious with members of BSA’s executive board frequently raising their voice and interrupting Simon on multiple occasions.

At one point when Simon referred to the demands as “recommendations,” BSA Vice President and journalism junior Silver Moore interrupted Simon and responded pointedly.

“You keep throwing around the word recommendation,” Moore said at the meeting. “These are not recommendations or suggestions. If they were suggestions we would put them in a suggestion box. These are demands.”

Simon said the administration would send a written response to the BSA’s demands “in due course,” and said the university has to continue to improve graduation rates and health and safety issues among other concerns.

After the meeting, Simon also said she was disappointed with the way the meeting played out.

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  • Anonymous

    The clinically retarded inmates run the college campus asylum.

    “You keep throwing around the word recommendation,” Moore said at the meeting. “These are not recommendations or suggestions. If they were suggestions we would put them in a suggestion box. These are demands.”

    Who are these nobodies to make demands to the university? They ought to be expelled.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know what “racial incidents” led to this response?

    Were Black girls kidnapped, raped, tortored and killed by Whites?

    Did gangs of Whites attack lone Black men or women walking across campus late at night,while yelling racila slurs?

    Did gangs of White youths flash-mob local stores, stealing and destroying everything?

    Where Whites with low grades or SAT scores admitted into the university over higher-scoring Blacks?

    Where Whites given special tutoring, set-asides, lounges, fellowships, scholorships, or other privliges not given to Blacks?

    What happened that elicited this response?

  • Byron

    I bet I could compile a list of “racial incidents” that has occurred on that campus in the last year, too. I bet my list would be different, and longer, than the one the black student group came up with.

  • NBJ

    determined to see action in response to a series of racial incidents that have occurred on campus this semester.

    Hmmm… no mention of what the racial incidents were, and which race of people. From the comments section, I gather blacks are having issues with… Asians? Now, what was UVa-Wise saying about our “ignorant” viewpoint on diversity?

  • Anonymous

    I love to see these college officials humiliated by the very people they have spent their lives catering to.

  • Hirsch

    This reminds me not a little bit of what happens during a prison riot. The institution is taken to siege, and a few masked thugs with bandannas step forward and use their hostages to parlay a settlement that works out in their favor.

  • BannerRWB

    The ethno-centric breakup of the U.S. cannot come soon enough. Once the U.S. is destroyed and the land mass is again redivided, Blacks can have their own schools in their own nation. They can then teach themselves whatever they want and give themselves all A’s. Somehow though, I just don’t think they will offer “cultural sensitivity” classes to their own people.

  • Anonymous

    Lol….the blacks were making a similar pain in the butt of themselves 20 years ago when I attended MSU. Back then, they couldn’t seem to come up with anything specific (yesh…we’s wanteshes teh moar diversity, now). They would take over buildings, moan but never come right out and say what it was that was such a problem. We want the administration to address “racism”….well, ummm, what do you mean….what racist behaviors do you want changed? Yeah….umm, we’ll have to get back to you on that.

    Now, it seems they at least have 22 concrete demands, which, are, of course, completely unreasonable but at least identifiable. Pass more black students (what, just do away with their failing grades). Make everyone attend white guilt brainwashing classes….yeah….I’m sure the student body will appreciate that.

    And rather than, ask, they are “demanding”….well….or else what? Quite frankly, such talk is reason to expel every single person involved. And shoot anyone who does more than talk.

    Because, after 20 years of listening to these fools with sympathy and open mindedness, they’ve yet to address anything serious. And quite frankly, the whites at MSU could care less about the blacks. The blacks are there to play ball and take fake classes for a phony degree they won’t ever get hired with. Everyone knows it, including them.

  • John Engelman

    The voters of Michigan, whose tax money subsidizes Michigan State University, should demand a retroactive end to affirmative action, one that would result in the immediate expelling of every student who got in under an affirmative action policy. That would end this problem immediately.