UCLA Black Student Group Demands $40 Million Endowment And Mandatory Cultural Awareness Training

Ucla_logoWe have been following the demands made by students as part of Black Lives Matter and other groups calling for racial justice.  Few would top the demands of the Afrikan Student Union at the University of California which has issued a list of demands including a $40 million endowment.  The group claims a pattern of “racial attacks” on campus.

The group is also demanded designated “safe spaces” and mandatory “cultural awareness training” for all incoming students, faculty and staff members, and campus police officers.  UCLA is not known as a school with ongoing  racial incidents but the group insists that “Black students at UCLA are consistently made the targets of racist attacks by fellow students, faculty, and administration.”

The group however cites only one such incident on April 30, 2017, where the white student body president was denounced after taking a picture depicting a gang sign associated with the Bloods gang (which is a primarily black gang).


It is not immediately clear that the use of the gang sign was a racist attack, but Brian Kohaya immediately issued an apology that seemed like a reeducation camp graduation speech:

This is a result of my white privilege and lack of perspective, something that so many victims of gang violence don’t have the luxury of, in fact this behavior can put their lives at risk. …  I should have known better and take full responsibility for my insensitivity.

I am not sure why this is an example of “white privilege” as opposed to simple stupidity.  However, various students demanded his resignation for “offensive” speech.  Robert Gardner, a senior at UCLA studying Political Science and African American studies, suggested that it was more than insensitivity but some form of
“cultural appropriation”:

When a white person throws up the gang sign, they’re basically making a mockery of the oppression that African Americans in hyper-segregated neighborhoods face. A lot of black Bruins are extremely upset at this appropriation of our culture … that’s derived out of anti-black racism.

It is hard to square with something being an offensive racist symbol but also culturally appropriating.

The group also noted that tin 2015 the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Alpha Phi sorority held a “Kanye Western” theme party that it says was racially insensitive.

The African Student Union insisted that “since nothing has been done in recent years, the Afrikan Student Union is DEMANDING that UCLA administrators work with black students towards the development of a more positive campus climate” including forking over $40 million.  Afrikan Student Union Chair Alicia Frison insists that “$40 million is just a drop in the bucket for the university.”


37 thoughts on “UCLA Black Student Group Demands $40 Million Endowment And Mandatory Cultural Awareness Training”

  1. In other words, we should have picked our own damn cotton.

    1. It does appear that Mr. Lincoln is trying to say that we should have picked our own cotton and effected compassionate repatriation for the benefit of the slaves such as a sense of familial acceptance, purpose, nationhood and self-esteem.

  2. May we hear from Mr. Lincoln on the subject?

    Ahem. Thank you.

    “If all earthly power were given me,” said Lincoln in a speech delivered in Peoria, Illinois, on October 16, 1854, “I should not know what to do, as to the existing institution [of slavery]. My first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia, to their own native land.” “…he asked whether freed blacks should be made “politically and socially our equals?” “My own feelings will not admit of this,” he said, “and [even] if mine would, we well know that those of the great mass of white people will not … We can not, then, make them equals.”

    1. It is as anachronistic to apply today’s social mores to Abraham Lincoln as it would be to Shakespeare or Aesop.

      They were ahead of their times, not ours.

      We paid with the lives of thousands of non slave owners to free the slaves. Would they have done so if they knew their sacrifice would be ignored?

  3. $40 million because a white guy threw up a gang sign? That’s extortion. We don’t even know the context. Was he trying to make a bad joke, like he’s going to put a cap in his finals? Like he’s a tough dude? It was a stupid thing to do because it’s insensitive to the victims of gang violence. Young people, and sometimes old people, donthoughtless, insensitive things sometimes. I’m sure the black students have done the same, such as trying to extort money from a university and claiming it was rife with racism when this is the only proof they can come up with. I’d say that classified it as “stupid stuff.”

    Who knows. Maybe maybe mocking gangs would tarnish them a bit. Maybe talking about gang violence can generate some benefit.

    But you do not siphon off funds that could have been used for scholarships, improvements, or something useful to fuel the rage profiteers, victim crisis, and divisiveness.

    UCLA is mostly Asian, at least the life sciences are. It’s hardly a hotbed of the KKK. The most they can hope for is to prey on the guilt of Liberal SJW who actually believe all whites have committed a crime by being born, that all whites are racist, even SJW, and that they bear the entirety of the debt of hundreds of years ago and none of the virtue. Fighting the civil war and over all those people dying assuaged zero of the guilt. Slavery occurring globally since Paleolithic times matters not. African slave holding tribes selling rivals to European slavery matters not. The guilt is all white. And the possibility of having not descended from anyone who had participated at all, having emigrated yesterday from Ireland, an enslaved nationality itself, would matter not.

    Their arguments are harassment, extortion, and irrational. You cannot reason with the unreasonable.

  4. This is just a variation on a very old theme. If you think you can get something by via guilt-mongering coupled with a dusting of menace–go for it. I don’t blame the black students behind this–they’re just playing the game. I blame college administrators who’ve given blatant shakedowns like this token credence.

    1. True. The guilt game has been played for ages. How many preachers have filled the offering plate with tales of Poor Jesus hanging there on the cross for our sins. The whole White Privilege thing is just a twist on the Christian concept of Original Sin. Something that is inherently wrong with us, something we can’t help, or escape, simply by virtue of being born. Even kid plays the guilt game. If you don’t give me a cookie, then you love me.

      What the Democrats have done is convince a bunch of white liberals (the Baizuo) that white people are responsible for every ill suffered by black people, even 150 years after slavery ended, and 50 years or so after the remaining vestiges of Jim Crow ended.

      If Shaneeka, the black teen hoodwhore, makes three illegitimate babies since 2013 with three different baby daddy thugs, then her subsequent poverty and her kid’s future poverty is because of Institutional Racism, Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder, or White Privilege. And the stupid liberals buy into it. Nay, they wallow in the stupidity, and roll around in it, and get the stench all over them the way a dog rolls around in skunk poop.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

  5. This is what you get after 50 years of Democratic Liberals telling blacks how wunnnnnderful they are, while ignoring the 72% illegitimate birth rate, the black super-predator crime rate, and the remarkable lack of scholastic achievements— a bunch of blacks who believe they are entitled to all sorts of free crap.

    That is the real reason why Hillary lost. One, she is white, and two, she didn’t promise the blacks enough free crap to make up for her whiteness.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    1. Hillary lost because of horrible luck with the Electoral College system. She won the popular vote decisively and would have won it even more decisively if she positioned herself further to the right, not the left.

      1. Hillary lost because she would have capitulated to this b.s. and people are sick of it. Don’t expect Trump to cave. In fact, he could have fun with it. Require every student who is admitted to U.C. under Affirmative Action to major in Russian Studies. That would be a swift way of bouncing them out, hahaha.

      2. Her margin of popular vote over Trump was in California, and by golly she got all 55 of CA’s electoral votes.
        The Electoral College protects us from having New York and California choose our president every 4 years.

        But, whatever gets you through the day.

  6. I don’t understand how these demands (and those granted at Santa Cruz) aren’t precluded by California’s Constitution, specifically the amendments made by Proposition 209 in 1996. The main thrust seems to be this:

    (a) The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.


    1. Wait. You just described irrefutably unconstitutional AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.

      People must adapt to the outcome of freedom.

      Freedom does not adapt to people.

      Jerry “Moon Beam” Brown has been a very bad boy.

  7. …..and we wonder why racism is alive and well.)

    Time to dust my diploma…the one signed by George Wallace.

  8. I’ll bet they’re just starting to turn their lives around.

  9. Well I must agree that there would be a more positive climate around my place if I received a $40 million endowment. But their demand seems like an inappropriate microwave aggression.

  10. There comes a point when some individuals are best ignored.

    1. Oh that’s right. The ole ostrich trick. Yep, that will fix it.

      How come you are so passionate about “weeds” with your recent voluminous expose yet you dismiss this with such a curt response.

      This is a malignancy that has infected our nation and needs to be lanced before it spreads.

      1. The source of these demands is indubitably a collection of students who have the following problems: they’re hopelessly behind (because admissions standards were relaxed to give them a berth, and those standards were not useless) and their adjustment to their academic problems is a mix of slacking off and recriminating against others. The effrontery incorporated into their ‘demands’ is absurd. It’s a perfectly reasonable response (if not the only salutary response) to ignore them (and to be fearless about putting them on academic probation culminating in expulsion).

      2. If young Kohyoa had thrown the Bellamy Salute I don’t think many people would take the Neo-Nazis seriously for claiming outrage at his gesture appropriation.

        1. Does not the vigilante Christine Fair, Georgetown University associate professor, deserve a large endowment for having driven out of a place of oublic accommodation a person she does not like?

  11. Identity politics is designed to destroy solidarity and free speech. Left is the new right.

  12. I think they (these student groups) have found ways to be thugs and pretend it is some social justice whatever. Looks pretty transparent to me.

  13. Why anyone would want to “appropriate gang culture” is beyond me but $40 million to teach “White” people not to “appropriate” the signs of groups that wantonly kill people wow…talk about chutzpah.

  14. Other than the strong arming sort of protection racket which with the numbers involved make it a RICO Act violation it’s might be just to pay back the loan from George Soros. But since I’m in position to do something I observe daily when in Mexico which is a lot …two or three somethings

    Mexico is not a friendly country for blacks calling the maroons since negro here is just the Spanish world for black. Secondly they like the music but then so does the whole world in the younger generation. it’s still common to see Mexicans coverng up in the sun to prevent from tanning and appearing less light skinned That identifies a descendent of the peninsulares (Spanish) the former ruling class. while the darker colored skin are most often mestizo or mixed.

    To add a third they commonly use so called gang signs which MTV type programs have spread around the world so it’s really not theirs anymore. More like something to be used by high fashion models on runway walks at this point. Locals were shocked when I tried to explain the term dapping

    Much of that is dying out as the younger generations grow up but they don’t take it as seriously and the more race conscious USA. Acting that way and you will find you are suddenly not a welcome guest. Except for your money.

    UCLA like USC Santa Clara will fold to the mobocracy which is the obvious result of too much democracy and a phenomena outcome noted historically for over two millennia. The way to get their attention though is in next years budget when ever that’s writtne and approved and cut off their funding….It’s not ubeing used to further education and that also is obvious.

  15. Forty megabucks would be enough to throw quite a party.

    But sorry, UCLA doesn’t have that in the spare change drawer…

    1. They should ask for it to come out of Janet Napolitano’s Office of the President $175M slush fund.

        1. All you have to do is look it up. It was discovered by an audit last month.

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