#OccupyNassau Meet Black Student's Demands
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We, Black Justice League, a group of concerned students who formed in November 2014, are exhausted by our constant communications with administration, and on November 18, 2015, announced we would sit in until those demands were signed by the president, indicating his support.
WE DEMAND the university administration publicly acknowledge the racist legacy of Woodrow Wilson and how he impacted campus policy and culture. We also demand that steps be made to rename Wilson residential college, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs, and any other building named after him. Furthermore, we would like the mural of Wilson to be removed from the Wilcox dining hall. We understand that a name change does not dismantle racism, but also know that the way we lionize legacies set precedents.
WE DEMAND cultural competency training for all staff and faculty. It was voted down on the grounds of trespassing freedom of speech last spring semester. We demand a public conversation, which will be student led and administration supported, on the true role of freedom of speech and freedom of intellectual thought in a way that does not reinforce anti-Blackness and xenophobia. We demand classes on the history of marginalized peoples (for example, courses in the Department for African American Studies) be added to the list of distribution requirements. Learning about marginalized groups, their cultures, and structures of privilege is just as important as any science or quantitative reasoning course. We propose that this requirement be incorporated into the Social Analysis requirement.
WE DEMAND a cultural space on campus dedicated specifically to Black students, and that space can be within the Carl A. Fields Center but should be clearly marked. The naming of this space should be at the student's’ discretion in order to avoid naming it after a white benefactor or person with bigoted beliefs, as evidenced by the naming of Stanhope Hall.
These are demands from Black students at Princeton, who, in the words of Fannie Lou Hamer, are “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” While we are grateful for the collaboration we have had with faculty and administrators in the past, we make these demands during this unique time to expedite these processes.
Alumni have shown support by calling the president's office. Black professors have sent us food. Friends have brought us blankets. We have support--now we need help in dismantling the legacy of white supremacy and anti-Blackness on campus.
*When the president did not sign, some students spent the night on the floor of his office, while others slept outside in tents. Public Safety protected the building, and left the students who slept outside without protection.
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