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A Northwestern University student group in Evanston is demanding that the university increase Native American enrollment to 5 percent of the total student body by 2020.

That’s part of a list of 19 demands posted to the Black Lives Matter NU Facebook page over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

University enrollment data indicates that Native Americans make up less than 0.1 percent of the school’s degree-seeking undergraduate students now, while U.S. Census data indicates Native Americans are about 0.7 percent of all Americans.

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The students also called on the university to increae enrollment of black students to 10 percent, from just over 6 percent now. Blacks account for more than 12 percent of all Americans.

The student manifesto provided no rationale for its disparate demands — that Native Americans should be over-represented at NU by 7 times their share of the nation’s population, while the goal for blacks should leave them nearly 14 percent under-represented.

But the students also have called for removing the name of one of the university’s founders, John Evans, from various campus facilities and programs because of his role, later in life, in defending a massacre of Indians while he was territorial governor of Colorado.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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5 Comments

  1. What About Physically Disabled?

    It's noteworthy that NU students overlook increasing and accommodating the numbers of their university's physically disabled population. This oversight perhaps explains why they use the handicap ramp railings at the Sports Pavilion and Aquatic Center as a bike rack, thereby blocking building access for those in wheelchairs. Meanwhile, we're supposed to be more upset about crimes that John Evans may or may not have committed during the 19th Century.

  2. what’s in a name?
    How about if the city gets in on renaming stuff and change the name of the City of Evanston since it is also names after the same person? Don’t stop there either. George Washington was a slave owner, so they should change the name of Washington Street in Evanston.

  3. New name for Evanston?

    "But the students also have called for removing the name of one of the university's founders, John Evans, from various campus facilities and programs because of his role, later in life, in defending a massacre of Indians while he was territorial governor of Colorado."

    Should Evanston become ______ton or "town-whose-name-should-not-be-said"?

    What should the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument be called ? They had slaves.

    1. Evanston IS the new name
      This area was called Ridgeville long before anything called “Evanston” existed.

      Of course we could also go back to whatever the Potawatomi called this place if we really want to be accurate.

  4. Round Two in the battle to ‘bleach’ history and the language
    John Evans was only the first to fall in the battle to be PC.

    http://dailynorthwestern.com/2016/01/14/campus/residential-college-faculty-leaders-change-title-from-master-amid-national-debate-on-racial-sensitivity/

    I’ve yet to hear when ‘Evanston’ will be changed to its original name ‘Ridgeville’, due to all the protests about one of the NU [and ‘Evanston’] founders, John Evans.
    Also when students will demand Obama will act on renaming the Washington and Jefferson Memorials due to them being slave holders.

    I wonder what they will want the first graduate degree changed to, i.e. from ‘Masters’ to ‘Second Degree.’ “Second” because women will object to the ‘Bachelors’ degree being sexist—maybe ‘First Degree.’ The question remains of what the PhD would be called since ‘Third Degree’ would offend criminals.

    After history [and the English language] are bleached, what will be left ?

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