- Mar 6, 2004
Y’all should have seen how QUICK the white people packed their bags and left!’
An apparent University of Virginia student urged white people to leave the campus Multicultural Student Center, claiming that it is a “space for people of color” and that there were “too many white people” in the building, according to video that surfaced Wednesday afternoon.
The video, tweeted by the Young America’s Foundation, showed a young black woman pacing around a room while making a “public service announcement,” in her words:
The video ends with a round of applause.If ya’ll didn’t know, this is the MSC [Multicultural Student Center], and frankly there’s just too many white people in here. This is a space for people of color. So just be really cognizant of the space you’re taking up, because it does make some of us POCs [people of color] uncomfortable when we see too many white people in here. It’s only been open for four days and frankly there’s the whole university for a lot of ya’ll to be at and there’s very few spaces for us. So keep that in mind. Thank you.
The Multicultural Student Center opened on Feb. 6 along with the LGBTQ Center, Latinx Student and Interfaith Student Center, according to a university announcement. The Cavalier Daily reported that the MSC and LGBTQ Center were relocations, and the other two are new.
Reached via phone on Wednesday afternoon, a representative of the student center said: “At the moment we’re not allowed to comment on this.” The student apparently depicted in the video did not immediately respond to a Twitter message on Wednesday.
The University of Virginia on Wednesday evening released a statement that did not actually mention the controversy. Instead, the university obliquely wrote that “some questions have been raised regarding the scope or inclusivity” of numerous student centers on campus. The school noted that the centers “are open to all members of the University community.”
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