Students at American University are complaining that a recently opened multicultural center is too inclusive.
According to a report by The College Fix, American University in Washington D.C. is facing criticism over its new multicultural center. American University recently opened a room on campus that was designed to provide a space specifically for students from a variety of minority backgrounds to hang out and connect with each other. Now, students are complaining that black students don’t have a dedicated space for themselves.
The room, known as the Hub for Organizing Multiculturalism and Equity, or HOME, opened in November 2017 in the wake of alleged hate crimes against black students.
More recently, a feature in The Eagle campus newspaper on the 1-year-old room detailed how some students are frustrated that officials allow students of any ethnicity to use it, rather than only students of color, and also that “several students said they viewed HOME as a response to their request for a black house.”
“What we needed was a large community space that the entire black community could get together and support one another,” student Ma’at Sargeant, a member of the Black Student Alliance, told the newspaper.
And more than black students are voicing concern.
Sam Liang, a member of the Asian American Student Union, said “I understand why they would’ve opened it to everyone because exclusivity isn’t something that’s really garnered on campus … [b]ut it makes it feel like the point of it isn’t there anymore.”
Othniel Malcolm Andrew Harris, a student who has been involved in organizing protests at the university, told The College Fix that HOME is not enough for black students on campus after reports of racist incidents from a few years back. More
The only race in the U.S. that are not allowed to have places or organizations of their own is the white race? How is that “equal protection under the law?”