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Reviews | IU needs to better support its black students

The chains of oppression, hatred and worthlessness have been chained to black bodies for centuries. Today, we are heading towards the release of these chains and the diversification of the University. In our memory, we keep our ancestors who were deprived of education and who finally knew that death was better than slavery imposed on the black soul.

All crimes and incidents that occur at the University are public records and can be viewed by any citizen. All students have several resources provided by the University and the University of Illinois Police Department to help ensure their personal safety.

The University has an effective alert system called Illini-Alerts which notifies students when a crime occurs near their location. When looking for more specific details about a crime, a person can access the police register, which contains a daily description of all crimes reported and arrests made. Another useful resource is the campus security map, where the exact location of a crime is identified.

This system would be more effective if it targeted and reported crimes in all areas where students are present, not just within the confines of Campustown.

Some specific off-campus communities need Illini-Alerts more because crime is more prevalent. These communities face life and death situations, not just petty theft.

African Americans make up only 6% of the overall student population at the University of Illinois. This averages about 2,800 black students on campus and about half of those students permanently reside in Cook County.

Cook County has record rates of gun violence, as there were 1,040 gun-related incidents in 2021 alone. People who are victims of or have experienced gun violence are more likely to experience gun violence again. act or commit interpersonal violence themselves.

Many students come from these areas of violence and have experienced traumatic incidents in their daily lives normalizing terror and agony. When the University accepts students into its institution, it also accepts all student cultures and educations. The University has made it its mission to protect these students and provide them with an environment free from the paranoia of a bullet flying through their windows.

African-American students from these environments expect to enter a utopia, leaving behind all the horrors of their past. Instead, students of color are questioning their place on campus and the importance of their safety to the University.

“As we cry and cry as a student body, we must be there for each other, love and support each other,” Black Students for Revolution said in a statement posted by mail. “But above all, we have to be there to protect each other. Because, as we’ve seen, the University still doesn’t care enough to even issue a statement about the violence.

The University has taken extraordinary steps to hide the violence around CU, and even more so, the violence in student residences that house many low-income students.

Location has become one of many loopholes for university officials to choose which crimes to report. Patrick’s Day was full of festivities and good times, although amid the crowded weekend, two acts of gun violence hit two off-campus residences.

The IUPD was aware of both of these crimes, as you can find these incidents on the campus security map. However, no tracking information was found. These incidents were within the jurisdiction of the IUPD, so they should have been on the police register, and Illini-Alerts and Massmails should have been published.

Instead, it’s as if these incidents never happened, which is immediately alarming.

If we plan to admit more African American students, we must ensure their safety by rethinking the corrupt system that is taking control of black lives.

The University and IUPD going to great lengths to hide the trauma that students of color are going through is unpleasant and adds to the wounds of the black soul that is already crying out in such pain.

Diamond is an LAS junior.

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