Black Student Union Demands that College Stop Mentioning Race in Crime Alerts

The Black Student Union at the University of Michigan (UMBSU) is back in the news. Last week, LU reported that the UMBSU had delivered an ultimatum to the administration to meet seven demands (including a requirement that 10% of the campus be represented by black students) or face “physical action.” That sounds like a threat of violence, which may well explain the BSU’s latest demand: that the race of suspects in campus-related crime be stricken from crime alerts.

CBS Minnesota notes that a letter containing the demand was sent to the university’s president, Eric Kaler, and was signed by members of the African American and African Studies, Black Faculty and Staff Association, Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, Black Men’s Forum, and Huntley House for African American Males. A copy of the letter was also delivered to Pamela Wheelock, the vice president of University Services. From the letter:

[We] unanimously agree that campus safety should be of the UMPD’s utmost importance; however, efforts to reduce crime should never be at the expense of our Black men, or any specific group of people likely to be targeted. In addition to causing Black men to feel unsafe and distrusted, racial profiling is proven to inflict negative psychological effects on its victims.

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