Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 4, 2019
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — A University of Wisconsin-Madison residential advisor who was accused of discriminating against white students has been removed from a dormitory and placed on paid administrative leave.
Residence hall fellow Chuefeng Yang, a UW junior, is accused of making white students feel unwelcome at the campus community residence that prides itself on diversity. Yang told students in the Multicultural Learning Community (MLC) house at Witte Hall to limit who they invite to visit them based on race, according to a statement from the university. The UW, which received multiple complaints, removed Yang from the residence hall two days before Thanksgiving.
“…(R)esidents have the right to invite whatever visitors they wish, regardless of their background/identity. We have taken the appropriate action to address this and to ensure that the MLC provides a supportive environment to students,” UW said in a statement.
Yang, who uses gender-neutral pronouns, told The Black Voice publication that “correct” white students were perfectly acceptable.
“I never said ‘no white students allowed,’ Yang said. “All that I am saying is that as students who live on this floor together we have to be cognizant of the white peers we bring into this space. And if they come, they need to come correct. They need to be educated and they can’t be ignorant in that space.”
Sounds like a violation of state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on race. Sounds like the kind of conduct university diversity programs ostensibly frown upon.
The Learning Community aims to create a safe space for a diverse group of students to come together and explore multiculturalism, diversity and social justice, according to the student organization’s website.
“I have been telling my students from day one, the MLC is a safe space for people of color,” Yang told the Black Voice. “And it’s okay for white people to be in that space, but if white people are going to be here they need to respect that people of color are a priority here.”
What’s really remarkable is that UW-Madison took any action against Yang. Such intolerance has in recent years been tolerated by woke universities across the nation through programs that have shamed some students for their “white privilege.”
So it should have come as no surprise that even as the university took measures to remove Yang from the student residence, several students jumped to Yang’s defense.
With the assistance of the Student Inclusion Coalition, protesters demanded the university issue a formal apology to the student residents and others affected “for prioritizing white feelings over (People of Color) safety,” the Badger Herald reported.
They demanded justice for Chuefeng Yang.
The university reaffirmed its support for the Multicultural Learning Community, insisting it plays a “vital role within University Housing and the broader campus community in centering underrepresented students and raising awareness among majority students.”
There are reportedly 56 residents on Yang’s floor, 12 of whom are white.
After taking a stand against discrimination at the house of diversity, the university went back to kowtowing to social justice groups.
“University leaders also are involved in an ongoing dialogue with members of the Student Inclusion Coalition about ways to improve the campus climate and experiences of underrepresented students, including in University Housing. We value their feedback and look forward to continued conversation,” the UW statement declares.