A student group at Rice University in Houston, Texas, is “demanding” the administration fund a “non-residential Black House” on campus, as well as remove a prominent statue of the university’s founder — and top student officials are deleting some comments disagreeing with those positions, Fox News has learned this week.
The extraordinary demand, and apparent censorship, came amid rising left-wing sentiment on campuses across the nation after the in-custody death of George Floyd. In recent weeks, a UCLA lecturer was suspended for pointedly refusing to cancel his exam for black students; a Cornell Law School faculty member was threatened with termination for criticizing Black Lives Matter, before the school dean intervened on his behalf; and a top University of Chicago economist was demoted for questioning the wisdom of defunding all police.
The call for a “Black House” was made in a public Facebook post on Rice’s official Graduate Student Association (GSA) page, written by Rice graduate research assistant Dani Perdue. “Here are what black undergraduate students have demanded from Rice Universuty [sic] administration,” Perdue wrote. “I hope they are listening! #NoMoreLipService #blacklivesmatter.”
The post also sought the “removal” of an iconic statue of university founder William Marsh Rice; the hiring of “more black professors, faculty, well-being counselors and therapists”; the inclusion of “hate speech” in Rice’s code of conduct; and an increase in the number of black students accepted to Rice.