U of Calif. black student union asks white students not to attend ‘Black Panther’ movie screening

Evidently, racial discrimination is acceptable in America IF it is done in the name of love and equity, as seen at the University of Southern California, Santa Barbara.

The UC Santa Barbara’s Black Student Union invited students to a free, private screening of the recently released “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” film, but specifically asked white students to stay away.

A post shared on the group’s Instagram page featured two graphics for Wednesday’s event, according to the Daily Mail — the posts appear to have been deleted.

“Please join us for a gathering of Black community, as we enjoy a Black-centered private screening of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the flyer read. “We are lovingly curating this space to support and affirm Black people and Black joy. We ask that our non-Black allies support our intention of creating a Black affinity and celebration space.”

Photo Source: Daily Mail

The screening was held at the local Santa Barbara Arlington Theatre and UCSB Media Relations Manager Kiki Reyes told the College Fix that they were not informed that the event was going to be segregated.

“This screening is hosted by local off-campus organizations, and the link you sent is just the BSU inviting its members to attend,” Reyes told the outlet. “We have been informed that the event is open, and no student or community member is precluded from registering or attending.”

Nonetheless, the flyer shared speaks for itself.

Additionally, Daily Mail cited videos shared online to report that “it appeared as though the club had chartered a party bus to transport the students from the school to the movie theater. Those videos showed students exclusively of color dancing on the party bus on the way to the movie.”

Turns out, U Cal is not the only campus in California practicing racial discrimination.

The Stanford University Graduate Student Council announced last week that it was reserving 100 of 450 tickets for a November 10 screening of Wakanda Forever exclusively for black students, who would also enjoy priority status in signing up for the bus to the movie theater.

In critiquing the decision, The Stanford Review made reference to the old Jim Crow South.

“Does discrimination at theatres and on buses sound familiar? … It was common in the Jim Crow South,” the Stanford Review wrote. “The GSC is hell-bent on bringing prejudice in entertainment venues and transit back presumably under the guise of anti-racism, equity, and inclusion, the GSC is actively discriminating against non-black students.”

Tom Tillison


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