University of Missouri race activists have adopted a separate-but-equal philosophy for the creation of their “black only healing space.”
Concerned Student 1950, the group behind Monday’s resignation of the university system’s president Timothy Wolfe, directed white people to leave a room on campus so black students could “be vulnerable and real.”
“#ConceredStudent1950 is dividing into seven groups. They’re asking white allies to leave. #ConcernedStudent1950,” activist Steve Schmidt tweeted Wednesday night, the Blaze reported.
Black Lives Matter activist Johnetta Elzie tweeted moments later, “Black-only healing space for the students to share, decompress, be vulnerable & real. #ConcernedStudent1950.”
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Mark Kim, a reporter for KOMU, told the Blaze that white people were sent to a room on another floor of the university’s student center.
CNN host Don Lemon expressed dismay on Thursday at some of the tactics used by Concerned Student 1950.
“If you’re afraid of having your feelings hurt, don’t leave your house. College is the place where robust debate should be welcomed and vigorously explored,” Lemon said during an interview for The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Mediaite reported. “The [early civil rights leaders] who got the crap kicked out of them, who were fire-hosed and attacked by dogs – and some who even died – did it without the luxury of a so-called ‘safe space.’ The leaders of that movement propelled us into this moment where we are moment right now. They did it through wit, grit and wisdom – not through shutting people out.”
Lemon’s comment came two days after University of Missouri media professor Melissa Click has resigned her courtesy appointment with the university’s School of Journalism. Click was caught on camera asking for “muscle” to remove reporters from a “safe space” created by Concerned Student 1950.
“I have reached out to the journalists involved to offer my sincere apologies and to express regret over my actions. I regret the language and strategies I used, and sincerely apologize to the MU campus community, and journalists at large, for my behavior, and also for the way my actions have shifted attention away from the students’ campaign for justice,” Click said in a statement released Tuesday.