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MSU Student Gov Shares ‘Defense of Looting’, Prejudice Against Whites ‘Not Considered’ Racism, More

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

Author: Sergei Kelley

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and ensuing riots and protests, MSU’s student government is sharing content defending looting, claiming whites can’t experience racism, how to join a ‘White Space,’ and more.

In a June 2 Facebook post, the student government, the Associated Students of MSU (ASMSU), shared a website with “Educate Yourself” material. The post stated, “Black Lives Matter. WE ALL have a part in this movement of change.”

In the resource they shared, looting is called “one of the most righteous anti-white supremacist tactics.” An article titled “In Defense of Looting,” claims the ruling class defends their basis of power, property, by saying “looting is violent and non-political."

A similar article, “Forget ‘Looting.’ Capitalism is the Real Robbery” claims white supremacy, capitalism, and government “work together to violently repress people who defend Black life.”

In the website shared by ASMSU, a link titled “Reverse Racism is a Myth” cites a Twitter thread claiming racial prejudice can be aimed at white people, “but it is not considered racism.” Further, discrimination by black people does not effect “the rights of white people.” This is because by societal structures, “white people will always hold more power.”

Another article included in the resources, “75 Things White People Can do for Racial Justice,” advertised a ‘White Space.’ An all-white gathering “to learn more about and talk out the conscious and unconscious biases us white folks have.” Additionally, the article states people shouldn’t buy from Amazon or Whole Foods, because they “advertise on -that’s to say fund- white supremacist media.”

The article, “How White Womens’ Tears Threaten Black Existence,” claims the continuing and increasing white fragility is to help “keep anti-Black racism thriving.”

“White women are weaponizing their emotions and femininity to assert their power over bipoc [Black, indigenious, and people of color],” is further stated.

ASMSU has recently and repeatedly shown support for university-wide and internal diversity training. In their last meeting of the 56th Session (2019-2020 school year), a new bill passed mandating all student government representatives attend “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training.” The newly elected ASMSU President has committed to a “10 Point Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” by an alliance of racial and progressive student groups at MSU.

[RELATED STORY: Mandatory Diversity Training Continuing, Despite Pandemic]

Additionally, within the advertised website are “21 Free Resources for Social Justice Lesson Plans.” Included is content from the Southern Poverty Law Center and Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.

MSU’s student government operates on a two million dollar budget and consists of college elected representatives and representatives appointed by racial, ethnic, and social groups. They are currently in the 57th Session.

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