Seattle ‘Autonomous Zone’ Creates Racially Segregated 'Black-Only' Area
CHAZ residents guard perimeter to keep white people and non-black folk out
Seattle's "autonomous zone" has created a racially segregated area for black people only, with all non-black folk banned from entering, according to reports.
Residents in the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ), which is now calling itself the “Capitol Hill Occupied Zone” (CHOP), sectioned-off the "black-out" area, described as "an all black healing space" by the "locals."
White residents of the zone were seen guarding the perimeter to prevent non-blacks from entering.
A video from inside CHOP shows a man asking the "guards" if he can enter.
He tells the masked CHOP resident that he's mixed race and not "full black."
She replies telling the man that "this space is right now held for just black folks."
"Just black. Ok. So, full-black, you're saying?" the man asks the white female guarding the perimeter.
"If you have experienced oppression because you're black, then you can enter this space," she responds.
Chaz set up black-only racially segregated areas ... pic.twitter.com/ggSED8Jm1d— Zé Ferreira (@zionist_report) June 20, 2020
The idea of segregated spaces for blacks only has been promulgated on college campuses for some time.
A 2019 NAS study stated: “About 46 percent (80 colleges out of 173 surveyed) segregate student orientation programs; 43 percent (75 colleges out of the total) offer segregated residential arrangements; and 72 percent (125 colleges out of the total) segregate graduation ceremonies.”
In 2016, the University of Connecticut created the Scholars House, short for “Scholastic House of Leaders who are African American Researchers and Scholars.”
Its director, Prof. Erik Hines, stated, “It’s a living and learning community that will be a section of a dorm, and house about 50 students,” as NPR reported.
"It aims to help black males with class work, and provide them with mentorship, counseling, and prepare them for graduate school," Hines added.
In 2017, a student organization at the University of Michigan called “Students4Justice” demanded that administrators create a space for students of color.
“Create a permanent designated space on central campus for Black students and students of color to organize, and do social justice work," the group declared in their list of demands,
"This is not the same as Trotter Multicultural Center, because we want a space solely dedicated to community organizing and social justice work specifically for people of color.”
“There are currently identifiable cross-cultural spaces on campus," The University replied.
"The Connector that connects West Quad in the Union is an example of cross-cultural spaces.
"The multi-cultural lounges in residence halls also serve as cross-cultural spaces. University Housing implemented a multi-year plan to update all 11 multicultural lounges.”
After a firestorm of criticism erupted from Student4Justice’s demands, Vikrant Garg, one of Students4Justice’s organizers, told The Washington Post: “I think it’s just been a really interesting firestorm.
"Because we asked for a space for students of color, people automatically assumed that no white students would be allowed, whereas that’s never explicit in the language.
"That was never an agreement, never anything that we thought about.”
A June 16 blog post from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan stated:
The Capitol Hill Organized Protest has emerged as a gathering place where community members can demand change of their local, state, and federal government.
Capitol Hill and Cal Anderson Park have long been a gathering place for justice.
While there have been inaccurate and misleading depictions of the CHOP from the President and some national media, the City believes first amendment activities can continue while also maintaining public safety and allowing access for residents and businesses who operate in the area …
The City is committed to maintaining space for community to come together, protest and exercise their first amendment rights.