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posted by martyb on Saturday October 29 2016, @02:53PM   Printer-friendly
from the whatever-happened-to-DEsegregation? dept.

The Washington Times reports a story about protesters on the UC Berkeley campus physically blocking white students from accessing a bridge while police stand by and watch:

Students at the University of California, Berkeley held a day of protest on Friday to demand the creation of additional “safe spaces” for transgender and nonwhite students, during which a human chain was formed on a main campus artery to prevent white students from getting to class.

The demonstrators were caught on video blocking Berkeley’s Sather Gate, holding large banners advocating the creation of physical spaces segregated by race and gender identity, including one that read “Fight 4 Spaces of Color.”

Protesters can be heard shouting “Go around!” to white students who attempt to go through the blockade, while students of color are greeted with calls of “Let him through!”

Students turned away by the mob are later shown filing through trees and ducking under branches in order to cross Strawberry Creek, which runs underneath the bridge.

The protests were a response to a Safe Space being moved from the fifth floor of a building down to the basement.


[Original version of this story had "UCLA"; corrected to: "UC Berkeley" -Ed.]

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @08:24PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @08:24PM (#420237)

    Keep them safe from having to deal with people who want to protest the status quo

    And by "protest", you mean "bar access to public property based on skin color", right?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @08:42PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @08:42PM (#420243)

    And by "protest", you mean "bar access to public property based on skin color", right?

    Lets assume that was what actually happened there. It isn't, but lets go with it anyway:
    That would still be a space safe from bigotry.

    Either you buy into the idea of safe spaces or you don't. But once you start picking and choosing which safe spaces are legitimate and which aren't, you've given up any standing to criticize the concept of safe spaces.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @09:27PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @09:27PM (#420262)

      Lets assume that was what actually happened there.

      Yes, let's, because that appears to be exactly what happened.

      "Safe space" is a collectivist code word for so-called moral theft; if you want space that you control, pay for it out of your own pocket.

      Incidentally, since the maximum authority government has is limited to no more than the maximum authority a single random person inherently possesses, the taxation funds used to "buy" these fought-over public spaces were almost entirely stolen. Tragedy of the Commons is more the foundational issue here than people of various skin colors behaving like selfish idiots.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @09:43PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @09:43PM (#420269)

        Ok, you're a whacko. Thanks for clearing that up, but next time just lead with the craziness, ok? Save us all a lot of wasted effort.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @10:09PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @10:09PM (#420281)

          Ok, you're a whacko.

          Trying to kick, scream, and beguile your way into controlling the "magic club" of government with which to strike your foes has worked so well in the past. Why not examine the premises and let the ones that pass muster govern your viewpoints rather than trying to warp reality to suit your fantasy?

          Much easier to simply dismiss as crazy the messenger whose message challenges your safe space. Whatever lets you sleep at night...

    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday October 29 2016, @10:22PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 29 2016, @10:22PM (#420291) Homepage Journal

      I do NOT believe in "safe spaces". Once you've left kindergarden, it is up to you to adjust to the world around you.

      If you want "safe spaces" then you have to understand and forgive the dominant white people in the early 1900's for barring black people from white society.

      Or, to be more blunt, you're just trying to justify racism because it's the "other race" being racist this time. Racism is racism. As a little boy, I was taught racism. It didn't take real firmly, but I was taught it. "Those people" just weren't "as good as us". My years in the service taught me that skin color don't mean diddly - I've been screwed over by all races, and people of all races have had my back when the crap hit the fan. Color means NOTHING. It's the man or woman inside that skin that counts.

      I would thank you if you would stop justifying modern racism. This shit is likely to lead to a race war.

      Ask yourself - which race probably has the most guns? Do you REALLY want to see that kind of thing happen? All it takes is backing the modern-day pariah into a corner. He'll start shooting in fear and self defense.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @11:27PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @11:27PM (#420336)

        > I do NOT believe in "safe spaces".

        Why does whatever you believe matter in the least?
        What makes your opinion worthy of citation?

        The rest of your post is apparently a violent fantasy that you hope to act out. So... not doing much for your credentials I'm afraid.

        • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday October 29 2016, @11:37PM

          by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 29 2016, @11:37PM (#420345) Homepage Journal

          You are racist, so your opinion doesn't matter. credentials? WTF does AC know of credentials?

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          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 30 2016, @06:23AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 30 2016, @06:23AM (#420446)

            The line from the 2nd Ghostbusters: "He is Runaway! You are like the buzzing of flies to him! The scourge of Arkansaws, the sorrow of Texarkana, the Prince of Fox News! Bow down before him, and weep! For Runaway has an opinion!!!"

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 30 2016, @07:03PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 30 2016, @07:03PM (#420601)

              I hereby dub thee Adhominem Coward.