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There are 11 comments on Holding BU to Account on Race

  1. I am very proud of you Delice !
    Shine and be the person God made you to be,
    Fight for justice and equality of human beings no matter the race as the girl I raise you to be.

    Good luck on your future endeavors !

  2. Delice, thank you for stepping up, and delivering. I’m so proud of you and UMOJA. To hear that UMOJA was close to shutting down was shocking to me. UMOJA has been a lifeline for African American students at BU since the 1970’s. It’s needed now more than ever. All the best to you, I wish you further success at BU and beyond.

  3. The title of this article “Holding BU to Account on Race” feels misleading. It makes it seem like BU is responsible for some kind of racial injustices for which it needs to be held to account, but then does no follow up on what the injustice or bias it is talking about.

    Is there a big problem at BU now or say within the last decade with racial bias or racial insensitivity on campus? Are student of color somehow not welcome on campus? If yes then let’s get some details, some examples, so we can connect the premise with something happening in the real world.

    1. It’s naive to think that there is anywhere in this country where a person of color is completely free from the racial insensitivity and violence that is being referenced here. BU is no exception. Not only is systemic racism an issue in any institution, but there are also a laundry list of isolated incidents that occur every day.
      Here are some examples from BU’s Day of Collective Engagement, and some that I heard from my friends of color when I was a student:
      – Plenty of Black students have had the n word shouted at them on campus.
      – Plenty of students of color have had racially charged incidents with faculty members that they feel were unheard when they escalated them to higher administration.
      – It is a common practice that people act, because we are in the “liberal north” that racism is dead, a southern thing, etc. Students of color are forced to endure racism on campus, and then their complaints are practically dismissed because that’s “not a thing that happens here,” or the issues are resolved incompletely or quietly. The issue with handling these issues quietly (specifically in reference to faculty misconduct) is that those faculty members are either not fired, and therefore allowed to continue their abuse of students of color, or are fired with no information around why, allowing them to seek employment at another university, and harm students of color there.

      Institutions need to take these issues seriously, or they are going to start seeing more major issues than ever before. It is long past time for systems to adapt and fix their systemic issues, and it is beyond time for faculty members perpetuating racial violence to be rightly put on blast. The harm they cause should be published and known, so that any job they try to obtain afterwards is aware of what they have done. This is the kind of stuff Delice is fighting for. In short, yes, there absolutely is reason to hold BU to account on race.

  4. I am very glad you feel welcome in the US after leaving the corrupt and oppressive African regime behind. Looks like you are right at home here in the land of opportunity, where all are welcome and accepted.

  5. As an SED ’74 graduate I’m so proud of what Delice has done So often we complain but don’t take action. If you’re not familiar with our Golden Decade Foundation, led by our president, Duane Jackson, at BU please look us up. We are a group of alumni members, including past Umoja members who saw a need for our students of color and are trying to make sure they have a successful experience at BU.

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