It wasn't long ago that stories of student protests, and their demands for college “safe spaces,” dominated media headlines.
While some of that fervor seems to have died down, the outrage at University of California, Berkeley appears to be as strong as ever.
Over the weekend, Berkeley students staged a days-long protest demanding that they be given additional “spaces” on campus — and even took to specifically targeting people based solely on the color of their skin.
The protests, which started on Friday, reportedly centered around demands that additional “spaces of color” be provided, as well as the creation of safe spaces for transgender students.
It should be noted that Berkeley already provides a “safe space” in the basement of its Eshleman Hall. This new protest was an effort to acquire an additional, larger space that would have more visibility on campus.
During one stage of the protest, students formed a human chain across the campus's heavily-trafficked Sather Gate and were filmed refusing to let white students cross:
Meanwhile, “students of color” were reportedly given allowed to pass safely without question:
Ultimately, many students — who simply wanted to attend class at the institution where they pay $30,000 to $60,000 per year — were forced to wade through the creek below:
Given the footage, it's not hard to see how some are arguing that — in their attempts to demand equality — these students were only creating division:
This is not the first time Berkeley student protesters have blocked passage through the iconic Sather Gate, nor is it the first time “privileged” white students in particular have been targeted.
On numerous occasions, President Obama has spoken out against such divisive protests, at one point even saying:
“So don’t try to shut folks out, don’t try to shut them down, no matter how much you might disagree with them.”
Clearly, his is advice that these college students have either chosen to ignore or feel doesn't apply to them.