FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 18, 2017
Students for Justice in Palestine wholeheartedly endorse the Afrikan Student Union's list of demands to the UCLA administration, and we call for its swift implementation.
On May 11, the Afrikan Student Union released a list of demands to the UCLA administration in light of recent instances of racial bias. As a solidarity organization committed to the dismantling of racist systems of oppression and the liberation of all people, we stand with and support the Black Bruin community. It is time that the voices of Black Bruins are heard and their demands be taken seriously.
In recent years, we have been reminded about the pervasiveness of anti-Blackness within the UCLA community. In 2015, students held a Kanye Western themed party that trivialized Black face despite its sociohistorical context rooted in anti-Blackness. In May 2016, meeting minutes from the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity was discovered on the computer of a former USAC council member. The minutes used egregious language, historically associated with anti-Black racism and White violence, to degrade Black Bruins as nothing more than subhuman. Most recently, we witnessed our former Undergraduate Student Association Council President, Danny Siegel, appropriate and make a mockery of a predominantly African American gang sign, an expression rooted in policies that continue to systematically and violently deprive Black lives of their human rights.
The instances of anti-Black racism that continue to be committed against Black Bruins are disturbing; yet, the UCLA administration has not provided the Black Bruin community with the resources needed for a healthy and prosperous experience at UCLA. So, Students for Justice in Palestine will continue to support Black Bruins and their demands to the administration. It is time that the administration and the entire campus community recognize that Black Bruins matter. Black lives matter.