Some students at the University of North Florida are upset this week after a white student was chosen to lead a black campus student group. The students are so angry they decided to protest the appointment of freshman Torey McCleskey as assistant director of the African American Student Union:
The appointment was made by the student body's senate. Opposition protesters say they're upset not because of McClesky's race, but because of his experience. According to them, this is an attempt at multiculturalism that should be tried elsewhere:
"The decision-making, the selection process of his appointment was unlawful," said Christa Merix, an executive cabinet member of AASU. "That is the main purpose why we are here."
On Monday night, the UNF Senate approved the appointment of Torey McCleskey. AASU members said McCleskey should not have gotten the job because he has little experience."He has never been in our office," one AASU member said of McCleskey. "We didn't even know who he was. He has attended one event and he left early."
AASU is a 200-member organization founded 20 years ago, in part, by Frank Goodin. Its focus is African-American enrichment."
The student government is appointing people who have no experience and no connection to AASU, and it appears that they're trying to change into a more multicultural focus," Goodin said. "We're fine with that. The African American Student Union is fine with that, but create a different agency for that."
The appointment was supported by the student body president, who is black.
(H/T: Daily Mail)