The white president of a college in Virginia just gave a Black Lives Matter group a real hard pill to swallow when they showed up in his office with a list of demands.
“I don’t deal in demands,” said College of William & Mary President W. Taylor Reveley III. “I don’t make demands of other people. I don’t expect to receive demands from people. I love to get suggestions, recommendations, strong arguments.”
“When you approach other people with a demand, instead of their ears opening and their spirit being unusually receptive, you get defensive walls erected,” he continued in the live video streamed on Facebook. “So, I think you all need to think about it.”
A student spoke up after this and said Reveley made an “interesting point” about making suggestions and added, “But I’m going to disagree.”
Reveley wasn’t fazed and reminded them, “That is the beauty of the First Amendment.”
In typical BLM fashion, the students saw their president as clueless and tried to tell him that making suggestions is too nice and makes them “not necessary.”
“No, no, no, that’s not the way the world works,” Reveley retorted. “It is not effective, in my opinion, to approach other people and say ‘we demand’ unless you have the capacity to demand.”
“We are students, and we pay tuition to be here,” someone said. “That is the reason why we are able to write these demands.”
Another said, “So, you have an issue with the way that we are phrasing this? … I think you’re missing the point … We’ve tried to be nice … It’s not working.”
They demanded he listen “to students of color when they tell you this is what needs to happen.”
Unlike those in the room, you will LOVE Reveley’s response:
The disgusted group left the meeting disheartened, with one of them posting the video to Facebook and complaining:
This is what being censored looks like. This is what white supremacy looks like. This is what patriarchy looks like. This is what condescension looks like. This is what being told “you, your issues and your life don’t matter” looks like. THIS is why we say #BlackLivesMatter… [He] is not a benevolent grandpa, he is a man with an agenda that excludes students of color. Call it what it is.
We will call it what it is: a college president with balls big enough to confront a group of anti-American bullies. Let us hope more follows his lead.