On November 18, following a rally in support of Black students across the US, someone started a Facebook page for a so-called “Illini White Students Union.” The page, which Facebook has since been taken down, reportedly called for surveillance of “anti-white terrorists” on the UIUC campus, and called on visitors to circulate the names and identifying information of black student activists.
CFA stands in solidarity with the students of color who, in the face of ignorance and bigotry, continue to organize for a better University of Illinois. We support their calls for a safe and welcoming educational space – one that includes many more Black, Latino/a and American Indian students. We call on President Killeen, Chancellor Wilson, and Vice Chancellor Romano to not only denounce acts of intimidation aimed at student activists, but to also commit to making real change on our campus. Our students deserve nothing less.
The CFA Executive Committee
Details are available in the Independent (UK) (http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/white-student-union-formed-to-organise-against-black-terrorism-at-university-of-illinois-at-urbana-a6740466.html) and the News Gazette (http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2015-11-19/group-calls-ui-do-more-curb-anti-black-terror-campus.html).