Black SDSU students call for enhanced security
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Hundreds of black students and their supporters came together at San Diego State University on Thursday in a demonstration about the safety and inclusion of black students on campus.
The group of students marched from the Black Resource Center to the middle of the campus, calling on the administration to enhance the safety and security of black students.
Last weekend, sometime between Friday night, April 12 and Sunday, April 14, someone went into the Black Resource Center and damaged electronic equipment causing more than $400 worth of damage.
Last month, the “n-word” was shouted from a car, as the ocucpants drove past the Black Resource Center.
In February, students said they discovered a rock that had been thrown into the Center’s garage. The demonstrators said because of the three incidents, the university needs to take more steps to protect its black students.
Christian Onwuka, one of the students who helped to set up the Black Resource Center last year said they had asked the SDSU administration at the time about putting in security cameras.
“We understood that although the Center was amazing and great things were going to happen, that someone might not be happy and they might not want this space to be safe,” Onwuka said.
As the student protesters marched Thursday, contractors arrived to install a video camera at the Center.
A university spokesperson said new security measures at the Center have been added and the university is finalizing plans for more.
Patrols by campus police in the area have also increased. Beyond that, the university said it’s committed to “allowing space for difficult conversations” and wants to encourage all members of the campus community to feel free to express their viewpoints and concerns.
Onwuka, the president-elect of the student government group, Associated Students said the support at the rally for the students’ demands was a positive sign, “not only among black bodies, but allies and those who are interested in making sure that black voices are heard.”