A Black University Of Wisconsin-Madison Student Described As Angry Black Woman For Quietly Protesting Against Trump’s Bulls–t
In terms of protesting and demonstrating, Black women have been at the forefront of several important movements.
But, a recent incident at the University of Wisconsin-Madison continues to confirm the thread of undervaluing Black women, and propping them up as violent and aggressive.
On Wednesday the school’s College Republican student office was the target of a demonstration orchestrated by a lone Black female student who was frankly just tired of Trump and his followers. In the video you can see the student quietly taping pieces of paper which read “racist,” “bigot” and “Donald Trump is.” Instead of actually taking a moment to speak to the student about her protest, the university’s College Republican’s Twitter account tweeted the following:
“Intolerant student in complete hysteria targets UW-Madison College Republican student office. Another example of total intolerance from the left in an environment that is supposed to welcome a marketplace of ideas.”
And the overheard “profanity” does not come from the woman, but from a song playing in the background, which we can assume, she chose to voice how she feels along with her action through demonstrating. Clearly they want to use the archetype of the “angry Black woman” to vilify her for a completely peaceful demonstration.
In a write up by the school’s newspaper, the student was identified as a senior named Jasmine Kiah.
“Every day I come past and I see this office, it makes me very upset, while we have…children at the border who are taken away from their parents, their parents are taken away from them and who is it because? It is because of Donald Trump,” she told The Badger Herald.
She also promised to come back everyday to tape the signs.
According to the Herald who spoke with Ryan Christens, the chairman of the school’s College Republicans, Kiah staged her demonstration during the group’s office hours in the student activity center and initially refused to leave when she was asked to do so. Christens said Kiah responded with “f–k that” when she was asked to leave and followed it up with a “this white boy thinks he can stop me,” after Christens informed the dean of students of what was going on. However, Kiah reportedly left soon after.
The university’s official Twitter account gave a conflicting non-response which honestly could have remained un-tweeted.
By focusing on Kiah’s actions and touting her as an angry Black woman instead of what caused her response is just another way of delegitimizing her concerns, which are shared by a large portion of the country. A recent Fox News poll showed that almost 51 percent of Americans support Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.
Kiah’s concerns are valid, as a member of the campus, she represents one of 1251 Black students who pay tuition, according to the university’s office of enrollment, and deserves to be heard.