A student organization at the University of Chicago is hosting a discussion on race that is “BIPOC-Only.”
The student organization, UChicago United, is hosting an event titled “Race @ UChicago” as part of its “Dis-orientation” on Oct. 15 that is listed as a “BIPOC-Only space.”
“A BIPOC-ONLY space for honest discussion of navigating race at UChicago between new and old students,” the event description reads.
Other events being hosted by the organization during the fall semester include radical story hour, policing, gentrification, and abolition, anti-militarism 101, and activist open house.
UChicago United’s “Dis-orientation” is a series of events “aimed at educating first years about the ‘real’ University of Chicago.”
Participants of all events are required to wear a mask, and the student organization wrote “the pandemic is not over. we keep us safe!”
The organization also created a campaign called “CareNotCops” which was in response to the shooting of a student, Charles Thomas, by a University of Chicago Police Department officer on April 3, 2018.
Body camera video from the police officer who shot the student shows that Thomas was shouting and coming towards officers with what police say is a crowbar. A police officer told Thomas multiple times to drop the object, but he ran in the direction of the police officer and was shot, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
According to the report, Thomas was going through a mental health episode.
In response, UChicago United demanded that the university “immediately defund the [University of Chicago Police Department] by reducing its budget by 50 percent,” “disarm the UCPD,” disclose the police department’s budget, and “disband the UCPD by 2022.”
Thomas was charged with aggravated assault as well as criminal damage to property, but those charges were dismissed since Thomas went through a court diversion program in place for first time felony offenders.
UChicago United didn’t respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.