A group of black student demonstrators protested on Friday at the American University in Washington, D.C., demanding a “sanctuary for people of color” as well as an extension on their final exams in response to an alleged hate crime.

And they got it.

The demonstrators blocked traffic in the tunnel of Bender Arena on the campus with three demands that included a “sanctuary” space for people of color in the Bridge Cafe, extensions for students of color on their final exams and a team of “non-biased expert contractors” to investigate racism and discrimination complaints brought against the university.

Provost Scott Bass arrived at the protest and accepted the demands, the Eagle Online reported. Bass reportedly met with student leaders on Monday for further discussion of the matter.

Bass told the crowd that there were a number of things that could be done about the requests. He added that the administration was interested in getting to the bottom of the issue.

“There’s nothing more important, in terms of my administration, than being a multicultural campus,” he said.

Bass also said that the university had signed a contract with author and historian Ibram X. Kendi to establish an anti-racism center at the university. Take a look:


The “hate crime” referred to in the video occurred on May 1, and it involved bananas. Yes, bananas. The Eagle, American University’s newspaper, reported that public safety officers on campus were investigating a “racist incident” in which several bananas were found in three places on campus hanging from strings shaped as nooses.

So because of that, whites will not be allowed to enter the so-called “sanctuary” for people of color.  READ MORE