August 25, 2020

New York University group demands ‘Black only’ residence floors: NYU rejects the request

A group called Black Violets at New York University is pushing for a “themed engagement floor” and a “Black Student Lounge” for Black students only inside NYU residences.

“Like any other themed engagement floor at NYU, students will have to submit a written statement as to why they would like to live on the floor, which will then either be accepted or rejected on a factor no other than their statement,” Black Violets said.

“NYU is a predominantly white institution, making it very difficult for Black students to connect or find community, especially when incidents involving racism occur,” Black Violets told Fox News. “It is not about exclusion, but rather creating a space where Black students can feel included.”

Black Violets is also petitioning that NYU CAS Politics Department to hire Black professors, after realizing that “there were none in the department.”

Meanwhile, New York University has rejected the request from Black Violets.

“NYU does not have and will not create student housing that excludes any student based on race,” John Beckman, a spokesperson for the university, told Reason.

“Earlier in the summer, a group of Black students reached out to NYU’s Office of Housing and Residential Life and applied to establish an Exploration Floor around the themes of Black history and culture; NYU has about 30 themed Exploration Floors,” Beckman said in a statement.

“During the course of the discussion about the application process—which is ongoing—the Housing Office staff made clear that all Exploration Floors must be open to applicants of all races and backgrounds.” (read more at Reason)

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