November 27, 2015

“Don't devalue my degree with your nonsense.” Black Coalition demands Ryerson University change its name, remove Egerton statue

StaffRebel Columnist

Black students at Ryerson have put together a list of demands aimed at the University's administration.

The Black on Campus Coalition posted their demands to their United Black Students Ryerson Facebook page. Their first demand states, “in solidarity with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, we demand the university administration launch a process to rename the university and remove the statue of Egerton Ryerson.”

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They go on to demand more scholarships for black students and a reduction in tuition fees. In addition, they want a ten percent increase to the number of Black tenured faculty, upper administration and full-time staff.

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When it comes to actual education, they demand more courses that “speak to the histories, experiences and realities of Black and Racialised communities to be taught by tenured Black and Racialised faculty.”

Their full list of demands can be found at this link.

They conclude by saying, “Ryerson University must make a commitment to acknowledge its ongoing racist practices that have contributed to the violence and trauma faced by black people on our campus for the purpose of profit and upholding it’s investment in white supremacy.”

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Outgoing Ryerson president Sheldon Levy spoke to the Ryersonian regarding the demands. “Do I think the campus is perfect? Absolutely not … when there are these types of protests and movements, many times they make us take a harder and a better look at things.”

“They can protest higher fees, they can do all that. It’s all legitimate … I would rather have a society that feels they can take on these issues and push the administration … for change, than to say you’re not allowed,” Levy said.

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Meanwhile the Facebook post that encouraged supporters to 'share widely' has been criticized by at least one student.

“A process to rename the university,” Joshua D'Cruz quotes. “Please don't devalue my degree with your nonsense.”

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commented 2015-12-02 00:26:12 -0500
I grew up in Ontario… I was educated in Ontario.. My oldest childhood friends are in Ontario… My parents ashes are scattered in Ontario… But I will never return to Ontario as long as the current insanity prevails…
commented 2015-11-29 19:49:15 -0500
If you don’t like the movie, or the name of it, simply don’t go. Too much of this nonsense doesn’t do anyone any good. It’s a changed world and not for the good I’m afraid
commented 2015-11-29 06:53:03 -0500
What is this Black Coalition talking about? Egerton Ryerson was good friends with Peter Jones who was an outstanding aboriginal leader of the Mississauga people. Ryerson had the respect of the First Nations people because, among other things, he could keep up with them in the bush unlike other white men. Find this information in the biography of Peter Jones.
commented 2015-11-28 17:16:52 -0500
These professional victims should be protesting astronomy labs for discovering that the night sky is black. Or protesting legislatures to declare the night sky to be colored Green.
commented 2015-11-28 12:14:14 -0500
Tribalism takes many forms – racial, gender, religious, etc. I’m all for tribalism and its escalation – anything that pushes toward war. Yes, war. Don’t be afraid of it; welcome it. War solves everything, and it makes everything and everyone better.
commented 2015-11-28 10:50:12 -0500
From the late Vance Havner – an old preacher who grew up in the early 1900’s: “That old gang of mine was not an angelic band and we sprouted no wings but, pretty generally, respect and decency prevailed. Boys looked like boys and girls looked like girls. We had standards of morality and modesty. There wasn’t a cigarette-smoking girl on the place and they were not ashamed of their femininity. There were rules and regulations and if we broke them we went home. We didn’t take over the administration building, lock up the faculty, befoul the premises with filth and obscenity. We took baths at least occasionally and if our hair grew long it was because we didn’t have the price of a haircut. Authority in the home still belonged to the parents and not to the children, and schools were run by trustees and faculty. It was assumed that if we were there to learn, we hardly knew enough to run the institution. It was reasonably supposed that older people who had been both young and old should know more than those who had been young only. Experience and maturity were considered as having some earned authority.”
commented 2015-11-28 10:14:26 -0500
FO & get your degree somewhere else, if you can
commented 2015-11-28 10:04:20 -0500
This has less to do with race than it does with the lowering of University admission and academic standards – where once a higher intellectual and academic standard was maintained by an academic achievement merit system, affirmative action quota systems introduced a new student body which was formerly under-qualified intellectually/academically – we are witnessing the results of putting PC policy ahead of merit in University -it amounts to the old axiom about “garbage in – garbage out”. Not surprisingly this trend started with public school systems which now resemble high volume production centers with out-put quotas – high output achieved with lowered standards.

University administrators were quick to embrace “quota” admission and the lowered standards to allow this because it meant more revenues for the institution to meet the increased salary demands of redundant professor sinecures – the all telling acts came out in a recent study which showed that functional illiteracy at the university level was at all time highs – besides functional illiterates we now have intellectually handicapped in the university systems.
commented 2015-11-28 02:35:35 -0500
Stephen. They’re so twisted – similar demands by Whites would simply be seen as proof of said Supremacy. This is very serious! They’ll take this view into the workplace and beyond. Reading the book, The Road to Serfdom, I can tell you we’re so precisely repeating the steps leading up to WWII it’s frightening. The only difference this time, is that they’ve added hatred of White males to the Jews.
commented 2015-11-28 01:14:44 -0500
Its the entitlement generation. Everything is to be given to them, including grades and degrees, simply because they exist.

If they didn’t want to go to a school called “Ryerson”, then they should not have applied, and then don’t start crying about it afterwards when accepted and attending.

They do not ask, suggest or want to discuss, but instead demand, as if they are in charge and its only their demands that count. I wonder, how do the White students feel about being expected to become second class at the university? I wonder how the Black students would feel if a group of White students demanded White only professors for certain courses and that the school hire White professors by quota and not ability or qualification. I also wonder if these Black students understand that being Black they, too, can be racist or labeled racist.

Just as White students don’t expect to be treated better than other students, these Black students shouldn’t expect to be treated better than White students. Its a big, tough world out there, and not much of it goes as they might want it to go.
Its called reality.
commented 2015-11-27 23:59:55 -0500
Lol I’m tired of being hated because I’m white. Stop discriminating against me and mine. Racist scum have no right to belittle us white people. Equality is all we ask for. It’s also all we can accept. Stop the racist hate mongering before a war starts no one wants.
commented 2015-11-27 23:54:04 -0500
Civil wars always begin in the most inconspicuous of places: universities. Personally, I am pleased with the actions of nut bar progressives making insane demands on everyone. At some point, the pushback will begin, result in another pushback and so on. Soon, violence appears and armed conflict begins. It should come to blows, because that’s the only way it will be settled. Peace never solved anything; war solves everything.
commented 2015-11-27 23:35:44 -0500
Just when I thought Muslim Islamist religious leaders were the most narrow minded racists along come these ones.
I thought we were all the same despite color. Well I guess these racists want to bring their color into the equation to show us just how racist they are against white culture, the culture that freed them from slavery.
commented 2015-11-27 22:56:10 -0500
As a left handed minority i demand a settlement from the makers of RIGHT Guard, it makes me feel like i am a lesser person that they do not make Left Guard or Ambidextrous guard. I DEMAND JUSTICE!!!
commented 2015-11-27 22:13:38 -0500
I’m surprised these professional victims didn’t demand a 10% bonus on every test.
commented 2015-11-27 21:47:57 -0500
This just leads them to more victimhood and keeps them down and they are too lost to see it, the left wing welfare state is the new plantation, i recommend seeing runaway slave. great film.
commented 2015-11-27 21:46:38 -0500
Gotta love spoiled people who have never been victims claiming that reparations be foisted upon them for someone elses pain. I guess is should get handouts because of what Stalin did a long time ago too someone else?
commented 2015-11-27 21:39:40 -0500
blacks are going to make hate groups popular again.
well done!
commented 2015-11-27 20:37:38 -0500
This is the gimme era where everyone with a need demands satisfaction! Is there no limit to people’s greed?That’s the problem with our country, we have allowed all the whiners, and complainers to think that they have the right, to have every little need met by our government. What they hell happened to self-responsibility? I’d rather be around entrepreneurs, than a bunch of demanding people that need to grow the hell up, and pay their own way, and stop always asking to be favoured because of race. Nobody needs special treatment because of colour, because look at what happens when that is allowed. We end up with demanding fanatical people and groups, that are insatiable, once they take stage! It’s like the taxpayers are always the hostage, and it’s getting ridiculous!
commented 2015-11-27 19:45:46 -0500
Why do the progressives always have to drag Natives and Metis into their tent.
Fuck off. Go find useful idiots somewhere else.
commented 2015-11-27 19:35:09 -0500
These jerks obviously haven’t done any research on the history of Egerton Ryerson or the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, the predecessor of what is now Ryerson University… Ironically, Ryerson was a “progressive” educator in his day and did much to encourage people from all walks of life to get an education above the grade school level… Under Dean Howard Kerr, in the 50s and 60s, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute became famous across Canada for creating courses offered nowhere else, and was instrumental in re-educating thousands of ex-military people for a re-entry into civilian life… Ryerson students of all eras prided themselves as NOT being one of “the country club” universities, and would be pissed off by the racial based agenda now being pushed by these jerks… I know I am…
commented 2015-11-27 19:31:45 -0500
The Title to this piece should read, ‘Black Muslim Students’. Let credit go to where credit is due.
commented 2015-11-27 19:24:57 -0500
Is this ridiculous demand and thought process not racist?
commented 2015-11-27 19:08:55 -0500
So these folks think that because they were born with a different skin colour they deserve to pay a lower rate and have a secured number of seats at the table. I wonder how that will impact on university donations from folks that believe that all are created equal and should be judged on ability rather than skin colour.
commented 2015-11-27 18:40:08 -0500
That student spoke more truth than he can know – His degree WILL suffer devaluation if these air head protests become common on campus – it indicates a low level of intelligent thought and discourse exists in this university and that is indicative of low standards for admission and graduation. Employers are watching – Universities better clean up their act and get a leash on these foamy mouthed imbeciles.
commented 2015-11-27 18:00:16 -0500
“A process to rename the university,” Joshua D’Cruz quotes. “Please don’t devalue my degree with your nonsense.”

Sorry bud, that already happened starting at least a decade ago. How many Canadians really think a uni degree is something to be valued and be proud of.

Sadly these unintelligent students of today cultural appropriated the accomplishments of intelligent students of yesteryear, by claiming to be university students.
commented 2015-11-27 17:38:36 -0500
Ryerson is the point of the spear in academic political correctness in Canada….let this be a lesson that there is no such thing as apeasement…..the more you sing in their choir the more they will want to castrate you in order to sing in a higher key.
commented 2015-11-27 17:29:55 -0500
It is this kind of idiotic movement and demands, that make people cheer when Trump had that black lives matter protester thrown out.
commented 2015-11-27 16:16:39 -0500
Looks like all students now days are snow flakes.
commented 2015-11-27 16:11:24 -0500
Do we also have to apologize for bringing black slaves to Canada and freeing them from America democrats ? Sorry I guess?
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