- The Washington Times
Thursday, February 13, 2020

The University of Virginia has specified that its new diversity-focused centers are open to everyone after a now-viral video showed a black woman complaining about “too many white people” being in the Multicultural Student Center.

The video purportedly shows a black woman delivering a “public service announcement” to the white people occupying the space.

“Public Service Announcement! Excuse me,” the woman says in the video, commanding the room’s attention. “If ya’ll didn’t know, this is the MSC and frankly there are just too many white people in here and this is a space for people of color.”

“So just be really cognizant of the space that you’re taking up because it does make some of us POCs uncomfortable when we see too many white people in here,” she says in the video. “It’s only been open for four days and frankly there is a whole university for a lot of ya’ll to be at and there’s very few spaces for us. So keep that in mind. Thank you.”

The woman’s speech ended with applause from some people in the room.

The original version of the video was reportedly posted by a friend of the unidentified woman who speaks in it, but that post has since been deleted, a local CBS affiliate reported. The video was reposted by the conservative group Young America’s Foundation and has since racked up 2.6 million views.

The university responded in a statement Wednesday saying the four new and expanded student centers in Newcomb Hall, which include an expanded LGBTQ center and new Latinx center, are inclusive and open to all students.

“Earlier this month, the university announced the relocation and expansion of its Multicultural Student Center as part of an effort to offer a variety of spaces that embrace and support the diversity of this institution,” the statement said. “As UVA President Jim Ryan said at the opening of these centers, ‘I believe deeply that we need to build a community that is not just diverse, but also inclusive.’

“In order to foster the diversity of experience and ideas that make UVA a great and good place to study and work, these centers are open to all members of the University community,” the statement said.

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