UC Davis African diaspora members hold #BlackUnderAttack press conference, march

JAY GELVEZON / AGGIE
JAY GELVEZON / AGGIE

Event follows recent hate crime against female African American student at West Village

On Feb. 22, members of the UC Davis African diaspora held the #BlackUnderAttack press conference and march to make demands for a safer and better campus after a female African American student was the victim of a hate crime at the West Village apartments earlier this month.

The conference, which included speeches from the UC Davis Black Student Union, ASUCD Senator Kamaal Thomas and President Mariah Kala Watson, was preceded by a march from the Memorial Union (MU) flag pole to Mrak Hall, with people from various communities joining in support.

The event included a list of demands by the community, which the demonstrators demanded be addressed by Feb. 29. Better lighting around the university and the city of Davis and allocation of funds for safety services such as Tipsy Taxi and Saferide were among demands on the list.

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, who spoke at the event, insisted that UC Davis would do its best to focus on working with the African American community and the issues its students face.

Written by: Ivan Valenzuela – campus@theaggie.org