The Black Student Union at the University of California at Berkeley says Assata Shakur is an “icon of resistance within oppressed communities.”
According to Fox News, they are demanding the university rename Barrows Hall to 'Shakur Hall'.
Assata Shakur was convicted of killing a New Jersey State Trooper in 1979. At the time of the shooting she belonged to the Black Liberation Army. She then escaped prison and fled to Cuba.
The FBI classifies her as a domestic terrorist. In 2013 she was added to the FBI's Most Wanted Terror List.
“We want the renaming for someone -- Assata Shakur -- who we feel like represents us as black students. Black students on campus have a feeling of isolation, marginalization. We're at a crisis on campus,” Black Student Union spokesman Cori McGowens told Fox News.
Another student said that Shakur “represents black resilience in the face of state-sanctioned violence.”
The group is also demanding a meeting place strictly for black students, as well as black admissions staff, psychologists and advisers.
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