Amherst Students List Demands for College President Over ‘Legacy of Oppression on Campus’


College protests are continuing to spread across the country, and now Amherst College students are getting on board with #AmherstUprising and a list of demands to the college president.

Students have been protesting on campus since late yesterday:

Well, the movement officially posted a list of demands online demanding swift action and strong apologies for a number of things.

Here’s everyone they want Amherst President Biddy Martin to apologize to:

President Martin must issue a statement of apology to students, alumni and former students, faculty, administration and staff who have been victims of several injustices including but not limited to our institutional legacy of white supremacy, colonialism, anti-black racism, anti-Latinx racism, anti-Native American racism, anti-Native/ indigenous racism, anti-Asian racism, anti-Middle Eastern racism, heterosexism, cis-sexism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, mental health stigma, and classism. Also include that marginalized communities and their allies should feel safe at Amherst College.

(And in case you’re wondering if “Latinx” is a typo, it is not. It’s been adopted by some as a gender-neutral alternative to “Latino” and “Latina.”)

They want apologies to everyone of color on campus for not adequately providing them safe spaces, as well as a statement speaking out against “any form of violence, threats, or retaliation of any kind resulting from this movement.”

And not only are they objecting to “All Lives Matter” posters, but they’re objecting to posters that say “Free Speech” on them:

President Martin must issue a statement to the Amherst College community at large that states we do not tolerate the actions of student(s) who posted the “All Lives Matter” posters, and the “Free Speech” posters that stated that “in memoriam of the true victim of the Missouri Protests: Free Speech.” Also let the student body know that it was racially insensitive to the students of color on our college campus and beyond who are victim to racial harassment and death threats; alert them that Student Affairs may require them to go through the Disciplinary Process if a formal complaint is filed, and that they will be required to attend extensive training for racial and cultural competency.

They want a statement by 5 pm today condemning the “inherent racist nature” of the school’s unofficial mascot Lord Jeff and a formal statement that the college “does not condone any racist or culturally insensitive reactions to this information.”

You can read the whole thing here.

[h/t Slate]
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