Purdue University Sets Up In-Depth Black Lives Matter DiscussionBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
Purdue University opened a discussion on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement on Tuesday night, Sep. 14. The event was held in the school campus.
WLFI.com reported that the holistic discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement was part of a lecture series. It was hosted by the African American Studies and Research Center.
The series focuses on class, race as well as gender inequality. The panelists were from different backgrounds. They shared their thoughts on BLM and the movement.
Associate Professor Nadia Brown was the moderator for the event. She admitted that it is essential for students to be aware and have discussions on diversity and inclusion.
"Some of them might come with preconceived notions. But they aren't set in stone," she said. "So, having this panel here is really able to, hopefully able to explain some things they've seen on television or social media, but in a really in-depth way, by experts."
Moreover, she hopes that students will continue the discussion even after the event. This comes after several issues being faced by Black students lately.
Recently, Alabama State University was slammed with a lawsuit by 41 of its Nigerian students for alleged unnecessary charges when the Nigerian government has already paid for their education. The students have sued the college for overcharging them for books and meals. They also accused the school of enrolling them in classes that they never took, among others, because of the fact that they were black foreigners.
In Northern Kentucky University, Black students were outraged when a "Welcome White Week" flier attempted to mock their "Welcome Black Week" event. University spokesperson Amanda Nageleisen noted that the flier did not go through the official approval process of the school. Moreover, the student organization that was named on the document is not active or registered with the institution.
"The ignorance that stands on NKU's campus is no longer acceptable," junior student James Johnson said. "It's starting to become deliberate. Just like this person who deliberately copied our flier."