Liberal-mecca California (Santa Cruz) is seeing yet another display of activism. Over 100 students are currently locked inside UC Santa Cruz’s Kerr Hall—as an act of protest. They’ve refused to come out unless the school adheres to their ultimatums.
[Video: courtesy of ABC 7 News]
What began as a noon march has progressed into a full-on occupation of an academic building—complete with chained doors and furniture for barricades.
An anonymous, activist student spoke on behalf of the group. “We gave the chancellor a simple, very simple, list of demands that will uplift and affirm the humanity of our black people,” she stressed. “We will be here until our demands are met, and we are not leaving until our demands are met.” (Because with all the volatility happening in the US, this is definitely a constructive way to fulfill your wishes.)
Their ultimatum: lodging for African-black-Caribbean students in the Rosa Parks African American-Themed House—or they’re not unlocking the doors and coming out. Additional demands: the house must be painted red, green and black. More, new students are mandated to be educated on diversity. (There’s nothing racial about any of that, right?)
Ultimately, as UC Santa Cruz spokesman Scott Hernandez-Jason said, the school is going to ride this out and see where it goes.