Students Protest Fairfield University’s BLM Flag Removal
More than 100 students at Fairfield University in Connecticut protested after the administration ordered a Black Lives Matter flag removed from the counseling center late last month, CT Insider reported.
The protest, which took place at a diversity and inclusion event on February 28, was organized after administrators said the Black Lives Matter flag was unapproved and violated official neutrality policy. of the University. Sophomore Aliyah Seenauth, the student association’s associate director of diversity and inclusion, said at the protest that the flag removal was a “total slap in the face”. Students showed up to protest wearing black clothes and Black Lives Matter. They knelt when Fairfield University President Mark Nemec spoke, saying they had decided to protest silently to avoid violating the university’s assembly policy.
A university spokesperson said the diversity and inclusion event “was an opportunity for the wider university community to engage with our university’s history and commitment to diversity. and inclusive excellence, and to examine and discover a narrative that will function as a framework for the university’s ongoing efforts.We invite individual students to express themselves with a spirit of humility, inquiry, generosity of wit and intellectual honesty and rigor, and encourage our community to engage in the important work we are undertaking around diversity, inclusion, access and affordability.