Tables turned: DEMOCRAT gets a whiff of student protest
- A City University of New York student engaged a Democrat councilwoman at a community board meeting.
- This is one of the few times a left-wing speaker was met with backlash.
A New York student explained to Campus Reform Tuesday why she confronted a Democrat councilwoman at a recent community board meeting.
Democrat councilwoman Laurie Cumbo attempted to hold a community board meeting at City University of New York (CUNY) Medgar Evers College, when student Sakia Fletcher gave Cumbo a piece of her mind, as previously reported by Nu Origins. The Cumbo administration claimed that community activist Alicia Boyd, on whose YouTube channel videos of the confrontation were uploaded, accompanied Fletcher.
"The students at Medgar Evers College have no comfortable leisure accommodations, have dirty green chairs in the lobby of each building," Fletcher told Campus Reform in a statement. "The only senior college that does not have dormitories for students has a homeless shelter next door to our campus, that is impossible for homeless students to get into [and] lacks the necessary athletic facilities to accommodate our exceptional sports teams; and portable trailers which were slated to be temporary 15 years ago.
"The students have been silenced by a lingering hopelessness as they have watched numerous recent development projects approved by Laurie Cumbo in the surrounding vicinity, with no direct academic, leisure or student housing facilities allocated for the students at Medgar Evers College," she said.
“One of the issues that people are having at that meeting was the fact that if you are targeting people who make a $100,000, [sic] or what race would this target be? And we all know that white people make more money than black people because of institutional racism,” Boyd said, according to Nu Origins. “There’s always a black person that will sell you out, that’s why they’re called sellouts.”
Another video showed Fletcher being escorted away by police.
Campus Reform obtained a statement from Cumbo, titled, “My Call for Civility,” in which the Democrat councilwoman claimed that a group named The Movement to Protect the People (MTOPP) organized the disruption.
“A student charged at me, out of the blue, yelling at the top of her lungs in my face, that I had not done anything for Medgar Evers College students,” Cumbo said. “I stood up in order to defend myself, not knowing if she was preparing to assault me. I always carry myself with the knowledge that my predecessor James E. Davis was shot and killed in City Hall.”
“This new form of protest that involves physical confrontation alongside disrespectfully yelling or screaming, has no place in our democracy, particularly at a time when mosques, synagogues, and churches are experiencing mass shootings,” she said. “The student was removed in order to regain control of the meeting and NOT ARRESTED as was falsely reported by MTOPP.”
"Like David slaying Goliath, I will stand for Justice," Fletcher said in the statement sent to Campus Reform. "I will continue to fight for the students at Medgar Evers College. I will be a voice and advocate for the underserved and the disenfranchised men and women of color."
The legal counsel to which student official directed Campus Reform, as well as the school, did not respond to requests for comment.
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