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Published On: Sat, Dec 5th, 2015

UC Santa Barbara sets ‘support’ for students distressed by ‘white student union’

UC Santa Barbara has scheduled a meeting for Saturday afternoon meant to allow students distressed by the newly created “UCSB White Student Union” Facebook page “to talk, get support, or express their feelings.”

That from an email sent to the campus community Friday by Margaret Klawunn, vice chancellor for student affairs, responding to those who’ve lodged complaints and concerns about the “UCSB White Student Union” Facebook page.

no racism symbol slash logo“Although we respect and uphold First Amendment rights and freedom of expression, we are very concerned by any actions that might be perceived to create a hostile climate at our university,” Klawunn’s email stated. “It is possible to express different points of view and debate issues without being divisive and causing distress and upset in our community.”

Upset students who cannot make the Dec. 5 event, called a “support/discussion gathering,” are encouraged to access the school’s counseling and psychological services, or connect with campus groups such as the Student Commission on Racial Equality and its multicultural center.

“UCSB White Student Union” that uses humorous satire to mock Black Lives Matter student protestors. The post, making the rounds on the Internet, offered its own list of “demands.” Among them, banning Charlie Sheen- and pirate-themed parties and calling for a “Napoleon Bonaparte Resource Center” to combat “oppression against persons of [email protected] descent (PED) on campus.”

But many students have reacted negativity to the page and its posts, accusing it of racism and hateful speech.

“We cannot control the actions of those outside of the university, but we can reaffirm our own commitment to civil discourse and reject any efforts that undermine our sense of community and common purpose,” Klawunn’s email stated.

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