Outrageous College Students Want to Name a Building After a Convicted Cop Killer
A student organization at UC Berkeley is demanding officials rename a building on campus after convicted cop killer Assata Shakur.
William La Jeunesse reported on "America's Newsroom" that the black student union wants a building renamed after Shakur, a former Black Panther and the first woman on the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists.
Shakur, who was convicted of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, escaped from prison in the 1970s and has been hiding out in Cuba ever since. In 2013, the FBI designated her a terrorist and is offering a $2 million reward for information that would lead to her capture.
But the black student union at UC Berkeley calls her an "icon of resistance within oppressed communities," La Jeunesse reported.
"We want the renaming of it to someone, Assata Shakur, who we feel like represents us as black students," Cori McGowens, a junior at UC Berkeley said.
In addition to demanding the building be renamed, the students also demanded that the university hire two black admissions officers, two black psychologists experienced in racial discrimination, two black advisers to recruit and mentor black students and create an African American student resource center, La Jeunesse said.
UC Berkeley's chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, has taken their list of demands under advisement, but has not made any decision.
"Too many students have told us about being excluded from study groups, ignored during class discussions, verbally harassed at parties and social events, and feeling in a general sense, vulnerable, isolated, and invisible," Dirks said in a statement. "This is something we deplore."
La Jeunesse reported that the students feel largely "marginalized and isolated" on campus and will continue to push for reform.
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