To the BME community of the University of Birmingham,
Regarding the recent situation with the (now ex) President of the University of Birmingham Christian Union (UBCU), we would like to inform you that this now been resolved.
After calls from BEMA, the Ethnic Minority Students Officer, the Guild of Students, the National Union of Students, and from members of the public, the President of UBCU tendered his resignation on Wednesday night (October 10th).
A written public apology from the ex-President is due to be published in the next issue of the Redbrick Newspaper this Friday (October 12th).
After going through what we deem fair and lenient procedures, BEMA is pleased that a positive outcome has been reached.
We believe that racism in society should never be tolerated and that full responsibility should be taken when acts of ignorance are committed.
We would also like to thank all of the students that came to our open discussion on Monday evening (October 8th) to share their views on the issue and support for our stance.
Our official statement is also due to be posted in Redbrick and reads as follows:
‘We accept Ben’s apology, as we see he has taken responsibility for his actions and is willing to educate himself on liberation issues and white privilege. We have always said publicly, that Ben’s act does not make him a racist, as we understand he was ignorant towards the “Blacking up” issue. We are satisfied that we can move forward from this with a better informed student population, and that zero-tolerance will be taken more seriously at our university. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ben for his apology.’
Also, a quick reminder that our next event for Black History Month 2012 will be on Tuesday, October 16th. It is a screening of the film ‘Life and Debt’ and there will also be a talk by renowned scholar Cecil Gutzmore. It shall be held in Arts Lecture Room 7 from 6pm-9pm. The event is free and will be catered by local Caribbean restaurant Connie’s Cultural Cuisine, so we can plan numbers, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Hope you are all well,