Race-conscious UConn angered by race-conscious survey

Thursday, August 6, 2020
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Thinker statueTwo white students who were elected to represent students at the majority-white University of Connecticut stepped down last month to make room for minorities, then demanded others do the same.   

The College Fix appeared to be the first to report on the resignations at UConn, where the student government president and vice president stepped down to make room for “black, indigenous, and people of color” to take leadership roles.

UConn, a public university located in Mansfield, has a black population under six percent in a student population of approximately 33,000.  White students represent 59 percent of the student body, an online survey shows. 

According to College Fix, Vice President Alex Ose was the first to step down and President Joshua Crow stepped down two days later.

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Not done with stepping down, Ose openly pressured other white student government leaders to resign, too, if they want to make space “for the voices that need to be heard right now.”

Reacting to the controversy, Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute points out the student government was accused of being racially insensitive because it circulated a survey asking minorities for their views.

“They were asking for people to express their views,” she points out. “And isn't that what we're told to do?"

Students were asked to share, anonymously, if they had experienced discrimination, microaggressions, and other misdeeds at the university, The College Fix reported, but minority students accused the survey authors of stealing the topic from a minority-run social media account, Black at UConn. 

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