A group of student activists protesting racism at Boston College have been slapped with disciplinary warnings and informed that they could face stiffer penalties if the demonstrations continue, according to Think Progress.
The group called Eradicate Boston College Racism has gathered frequently since the spring in an effort to convince the administration to address their concerns. Instead of cooperation, the activists complain that they have only been met by resistance, notes the report.
Last month, the group sang a modified Christmas carol that called out the school’s board of trustees with one lyric stating “we’re walkin’ through a White man’s wonderland,” writes the news outlet.
The administration met with protesters and said that the caroling was a violation of school conduct because they lacked of a permit to gather, students say. Further, administrators warned that the students could face suspension and other actions if the protests continue.
From Think Progress:
The activists say that calling them disruptive is an example of the administration trying to shift focus away from the campaign’s message and toward the campaign’s tactics — allowing the college to avoid answering questions about how to correct the problem of racism on campus.
“The conversation around tactics is a way to sidestep the issue that so the administration will respond with disciplinary warnings. It’s super effective,” Kevin Ferreira, an applied developmental and educational psychology Ph.D. candidate who is involved in the ongoing student protests, told ThinkProgress. “In the ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail,’ [Martin Luther King Jr.] was responding to people criticizing his tactics and he said, why are we not criticizing white power structure that gave us no alternative? So we’re saying, why has Boston College given us no alternative but to go to the board of trustees, to carol this way?”
Plus, activists say that institutional racism is quite disruptive to student learning.
Boston College officials reportedly blew by a Jan. 19 deadline to release a plan to “create a more racially inclusive campus.” They have not released a statement as to when an action plan would be made available to students, notes the report.
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