Posted on March 23, 2018

University Turns Frat into ‘Safe Space for Black Students’

Mitchell Gunter, Campus Reform, March 23, 208

Following the permanent suspension of a Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) fraternity, the school is converting the newly-vacant fraternity house into a “safe space for black students.”

In February, an AR-15 rifle and a handgun were found in the WUSTL Phi Delta Theta fraternity house and a nearby vehicle respectively, prompting the permanent suspension of the organization from campus, and opening up a vacancy in fraternity House 5.

Shortly thereafter, Matthew Wallace, a staff writer for the online student publication Student Life, penned an op-ed titled, “Turn fraternity housing over to minorities and women.”


Naming several prominent universities with “spaces for students of color,” Wallace advocated that WUSTL take the “bold and necessary step in standing up to the white, male supremacy that is fraternities and giving space to minorities and women.”

“The past was only white and male, the future is diverse. Wash. U.: don’t be on the wrong side of history again,” Wallace concluded.


On March 20, Chancellors White and Wild officially redesignated fraternity House 5 for black students only, though Simpson and other students had already been gloating on social media the day before that their efforts to establish a Black House were successful.

“So all of the organizing we spent my years here doing ended up having one tangible goal: safe space for black students on campus. It happened y’all. I literally put activism over my studies and damn near failed out of this bitch LOL they weren’t even trying to hear us tho,” Simpson tweeted alongside a video of Black Lives Matter activists chanting, “You can’t stop the revolution!”


{snip} “Reaparations,” another student wrote in the comments, to which Love responded, “say it!”