In a live stream video posted to their Facebook page, Black Lives Matter students presented the President of the College of William and Mary with a list of “mandatory” demands. However, it didn’t go as they had planned. In fact, you could have heard a pin drop when he silenced the room with just five bold words.
According to Daily Caller, the BLM’s list of demands included a tenured diversity position, a required social justice course, an Africana Studies department, a zero-tolerance policy for racism, the hiring of more staff for W&M’s Center for Student Diversity, an emphasis on recruiting black students, and more employment and retention of black faculty. However, they didn’t receive the response that they had hoped for.
[I]n a national sociopolitical climate in which it seems the wishes and demands of radical students are increasingly being granted, President W. Taylor Reveley’s retort must have been a little hard to swallow for the roomful of activists.
“I don’t deal in demands,” he told those seated in the room with him. “I don’t make demands of other people. I don’t expect to receive demands from people. I love to get suggestions, recommendations, strong arguments. … When you approach other people with a demand, instead of their ears opening and their spirit being unusually receptive, you get defensive walls erected. So I think you all need to think about it.” [Source: The Blaze]
After a moment of stunned silence, the students tried to argue with Reveley. They disagreed and tried to assert that suggestions are considered optional, while demands are mandatory.
“No, no, no, that’s not the way the world works,” he said. “It is not effective, in my opinion, to approach other people and say ‘we demand’ unless you have the capacity to demand.”
“We are students, and we pay tuition to be here,” one said. “That is the reason why we are able to write these demands.”
The students insisted that “people of color” are being mistreated and that their voices need to be heard. When Reveley remarked, “I got color, too, I’m white,” the disgust on the faces of the students was apparent.
Watch the video of the exchange below:
Posted by Black Lives Matter Conference 2017 on Wednesday, March 29, 2017
In the end, the Black Lives Matter group called Reveley a condescending white supremacist. They accused him of patriarchy and censorship.
However, most reasonable people would agree with Reveley’s point that suggestions, when well-stated and well-defended, are almost always considered. Demands, especially those that include name-calling and insults, are most often a waste of time.
It is not a right to be a student at a university, but a privilege. You do not pay tuition to demand things; you pay tuition to learn things. These babies have zero responsibilities and show up with their hands extended, expecting to be spoon-fed. One lesson that they need to learn is that people get things by earning them. These are not students, but idiots. I demand that they get a job at McDonald’s because college is way over their heads.