This is so sad. The Black Student Union at UC Irvine is demanding that the UCI Campus Police be abolished. Today's Orange County Register has the report.
As a part-time teacher at UCI since 1998, I have a few observations.
First of all, I have had a lot of contacts with the UCIPD over the years of my activism on campus. I have occasionally been critical of them. However, I will state that they are professional and dedicated to handling incidents and volatile situations in a manner that does not lead to violence. In addition, they are diverse and representative of society in general. Any call to abolish them is nonsensical. It should be rejected out of hand by the administration. No discussion, no negotiation. It is a non-starter.
There are not very many blacks at UCI. There was an unfortunate incident a couple of years ago when a (Asian-American) fraternity made a black face video. It was not done out of malice, rather out of ignorance, and when the facts and history of black face in America were pointed out to them, they apologized profusely.
Contrary to what was stated in the letter, I do not believe that black students at UCI are suffering. Unfortunately, the administration has already given in to certain demands, most notably the building of a black residence hall. Imagine that. A segregated dorm. What is this, Mississippi in the 1950s? Are we to have separate water fountains as well?