University Of Chicago Student Group Holds ‘BIPOC-only’ Discussion On Race

UChicago United, a student group at the University of Chicago, is hosting an event on October 15 called “Race @ UChicago” with one caveat: it is “BIPOC-only.”

BIPOC, according to Fox News, stands for “Black, Indigenous and People of Color.” The event is part of a larger gathering that the group calls “Dis-orientation.”

Other events hosted by the same organization during “Dis-orientation” include, “radical story hour, policing, gentrification, abolition, anti-militarism 101 and activist open house.”

The same group also created a campaign called “CareNotCops” in April 2018 which called for the immediate defunding and cancellation of campus police immediately after a shooting on campus that took the life of a University of Chicago student.

The entire shooting, however, was captured on bodycam video and showed that the shooting was in fact justified. Charles Thomas, the student who was shot, was charging at police with what the officers described as a crow bar.

A police officer told Thomas, multiple times, to put down his weapon, but instead Thomas ran right at police while still holding the weapon. He was shot and killed on the scene in what looked like a purposeful attempt to be shot by police. Later it was reported that Thomas was suffering a mental health episode.

Rather than finding out all of the information and making a decision on what happened based on that information, the student club jumped on the police shooting and formed an entire campaign based on what turned out to be a justified decision.

Back in February of 2022, the University of Chicago announced that it would soon have a Department of Race, Diaspora and Indigeneity. The video below shows a professor from the university discussing the new department.

Adom Getachew and Leora Auslander, two of the faculty leaders of the proposal, said in a statement after the announcement of the new department, “This outcome is the culmination of years of dedicated collaboration and discussion among faculty and students across the University. Our collective work has produced an original approach that will benefit our colleagues, students and this field of study as a whole.”

To many, the new department seems to be a solution to a problem that does not exist.