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Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Followup on Blackout protest; Interviews on Race and Admissions to UC Berkeley
Note: This post links to videos which require the Xvid Codec to view.
Here are more details on the Black Students Protesting on Campus Today we reported on earlier.
Starting at around 8 AM this morning, groups of black students walked into classes in Dwinelle and Wheeler in all black attire, wearing black bandanas around their mouths, standing there ominously and handing out red flyers on the issues they represent, copies of which were posted on the UC Berkeley Livejournal Community. Then at around 12 PM, all of them had gathered to link hands in front of Sather Gate until 2 PM. Newscenter has pictures and a few other details on the protest here. I managed to speak with three of the protesters on why they protested today and how they went about it. Here is the video (AVI-966KB).
According to the flyer, a discussion of the issues they are concerned with is being held at 7pm in 60 Evans.
Meanwhile, I also interviewed Ai-Ling Malone, president of the Multi-Cultural Union (formerly known as Hapa Issues Forum), for her thoughts on the multiracial check box being decided at the UC Regents meeting in UCLA. Click here to see (AVI-502KB).
Update: Some Calstuff readers have alerted me to the fact that black students used the same protest years before. In fact, they did in 2001 according to this Daily Cal article.Email This Post!
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