Black Student Group Vows Bloodshed Over Constitution

A well-established black student coalition is calling for violence if the U.S. Constitution is not replaced with a version that serves “the interests of black people.”

Afrikan Black Coalition was created in 2003 to connect activists across the University of California system. It has gone from concentrating on the low admittance and retention rates of black students in California to developing leadership and communication skills for members.

The group posted an op-ed, “A New Constitution or the Bullet,” Nov. 4 against a backdrop of racial tension at campuses across the U.S.

“I have come to realize that the Constitution is the root of virtually all our problems in America. In order to understand the injustices against Black folks in United States, we must look back to its foundation. The U.S. is a country that was founded on slavery, genocide, rape, and white-male patriarchy,” the group wrote. “A body cannot be separated from its head and remain living. The Constitution and all the evil that it allows to be perpetuated are the head of White America, or more so corrupt America. Racist America. … A Constitution written by only white men will never serve the interests of black people. The Constitution was written for the ruling class of white men which constructed whiteness to be more valuable than any other race.”

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