Friday, October 28, 2016

Berkeley protesters form human chain to stop white students from getting to class

In this June 1, 2011, file photo, people walk through Sproul Plaza near the Sather Gate on the University of California, Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif. The university suspended a class on Sept. 13, 2016, amid complaints that it shared anti-Semitic viewpoints and was designed to indoctrinate students against Israel. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

URL: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/24/berkeley-protesters-form-human-chain-stop-white-st/

Summary: On Friday, the 21st of October was a day of protest at Berkeley's Sather Gate which were demanding more "safe spaces" for transgender and non-white students. Blocking white students from entering, shouting "go around" and having to go through trees to cross the strawberry creek to where students of color were allowed through. One student criticized the actions of the protesters as "being quite childish"  video can be found here

Connection: This may once again lead to segregated areas of certain places. Whether it being of color or sexuality, places and "safe spaces" may become another issue of segregation as was back in 1954

Question: In your own opinion, do you think the students protesting for segregated safe spaces is a good idea? If so, why?

25 comments:

  1. I think this sort of protest was a poor decision on the part of the protesters. In public walkways, not allowing students to pass through because of any sort of criteria--being white in this case, though this applies to any sort of separation--is segregation. I am all for the promotion of aid and support for minorities of race and gender identity and sexuality, but actions like this only institute harsher feelings of separation. Certainly not the approach you want to take when asking for integration and safety of whatever group you support. It's not just rude, it's redundant and harmful.

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  2. I agree with Amber because by blocking white students only, they are acting childish and making the not addressing the issue maturely. I do think it is important to raise awareness about "safe spaces" however, it creates more separation between the minorities and whites.

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  3. I think that creating a safe space for certain races, sexualities, etc will increase the separation towards other people along with bringing more attention to the ones who are being discriminated because of their sexuality or race. The issue should be brought up somehow to the school administration.

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  4. I think that creating segregated safe spaces is not a good idea. These people are fighting to be accepted into society while doing this at the same time, separating themselves. If they really wanted to be safe, they would seek to be accepted and make the entire world a safe space. They separate themselves but would probably be very opposed to all being help in the same area away from everyone else.

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  5. I don't think students should take these kinds of matters into their own hands. With the help of authorities, things will go a lot better for them then if they took action by themselves.

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  6. I agree with Vincent, students shouldn't completely take this matter into their own hands, but they could help change the way people think by staying nice to people that are discriminated.

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  7. I also don't think that the students shouldn't take matter into their own hands because they cant get in trouble themselves, They should just accept and be nice to the people that are being discriminated against

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  8. I think the protest was a little over the top because they are here trying to fight for rights but yet are in a way causing an uprise instead of trying to do it in a more peaceful manner. Trying to do this will only cause more seperations due to tensions.

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  9. Actions like these send us back in time. What we want is less segregation, and more integration of everyone into society. By forcing only the white students to walk around, the protesters seems to be promoting the thing that most people are against - racism

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  10. These actions are not beneficial towards the future, and actually sends us back to a time of segregation. This is promoting the inequality of races, like when slavery ended. Also there are better ways than protest to solve this problem, one way is everyone accepting and being nice to everyone else, like the saying goes if you don't have anything nice to say don't say it.

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  11. The hypocrisy of this situation is very blatant. The protesters are stereotyping all whites as their "oppressors," despite stereotyping being something they claim to stand against. Additionally, the idea human wall was probably drawn from police holding back protesters, quite ironic since police brutality is another thing this "social justice warriors" claim to fight. Overall, this is a foolish act of hypocrisy, and students wishing to make a real change should follow alternative paths.

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  12. The whole safe space thing was a dumb idea to begin with it no one is truly safe. The fact that they're pushing out specifically white people is one racist, two is incredibly hypocritical, I thought the whole point of safe space was to make it safe for people, way for people to make that term a double standard. so yeah I agree with that one student that said that they are childish.

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  13. They're stupid. They claim that they hate racism, but they show racism to white people. That's hypocritical and makes no sense because how are they going to be a non-racist group but only block out white people. If I saw this, i'd be annoyed and would want to do something about it.

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  14. They're stupid. They claim that they hate racism, but they show racism to white people. That's hypocritical and makes no sense because how are they going to be a non-racist group but only block out white people. If I saw this, i'd be annoyed and would want to do something about it.

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  15. I think that the safe space was just unnecessary, especially with the way they did it. It makes no sense for them to stand up for something they're against when they're basically contradicting themselves. It isn't a "safe space" when no one is really safe. I understand that they want the whites to know what it feels like to be discriminated against, but actions like theirs just take us back to when white and colored people were being segregated.

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  16. I agree with Fatima because instead of making peace they are cause more violence and making a bigger scene

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  17. i think that i can somehow understand why they did what they did but it was also very unnecessary. What they did shows that it is very hypocritical and make it seem like they were contradicting themselves. Discriminating others to make them feel how you felt does not make the issue better but worst instead.

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  18. I dont believe its right in any case to deny a certain ethnicity there rights to do anything in any case]

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  19. I can't believe this is real. There's really segregated entrances to classes? I thought that was illegal. It definitely should be.

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  20. They are trying to fight for their rights, yet causing an uprise instead of proving their point in a more peaceful manner.

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  21. Freedom of speech is important, and they should be respected for what they are doing, but protesting safe spaces in Berkeley? I thought the bay area was fairly accepting.

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  22. I believe that students protesting for segregated safe spaces should be permitted because it supports the rights of transgender and non-white students. Everyone should have the same rights, no matter their skin color, sexuality, race, religion, etc.

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  23. I believe that students should be aloud to have the freedom of speech and speak what's on their mind and what they believe; but I find that protesting for what I think is an already accepting place is a bit odd.

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  24. I feel that everyone should just walk to school the same way. It's kind of pointless to try and segregate people when everyone has the same rights anyway.

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  25. I think they did a little to much the way that they are fighting for their rights. but yet i think students shouldn't take matters into their own hands.

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