A group of students and faculty at Wesleyan University in Connecticut petitioned to boycott and defund the campus newspaper because “it neglects to provide a safe space for the voices of students of color.”
The controversy over the newspaper, called the “Wesleyan Argus,” apparently arose over an opinion piece published last week that criticized some aspects of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
“Most specifically, it neglects to provide a safe space for the voices of students of color and we are doubtful that it will in the future,” it continued.
The petition demands that the newspaper “create work/study course positions,” provide “a monthly report on allocation of funds and leadership structure,” require a “once-per-semester Social Justice/Diversity training for all student publications,” “active recruitment and advertisement,” and last but not least:
The petition had been signed by 147 students and faculty members as of Monday night, according to the Argus.