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Oxford Uni discriminates against a black man on campus

An email was sent out to all undergraduates at the college with a CCTV image CREDIT: The Telegraph

OXFORD UNIVERSITY has become embroiled in a race row after students received an email from staff telling them to be “vigilant” because a black man was seen walking through college grounds.

Harris Manchester College (HMC) has been accused of “despicable” double standards for urging undergraduates to “alert a member of staff” if the man is seen again - while white students and graduates often “wander around college” without triggering safety alerts.

Femi Nylander, a 22-year-old Rhodes Must Fall activist, had worked in a friend’s office overnight after accidentally becoming locked in HMC’s grounds on Thursday evening.

On Friday morning he was approached by college staff, and said they had a pleasant conversation about whether he planned to have breakfast.

However, later that day an email was sent out to all undergraduates at the college with a CCTV image of Mr Nylander attached, and a cautionary message reminding students to “maintain vigilance”.

Femi Nylander is a 22-year-old prominent Rhodes Must Fall activist

Nylander, who graduated from Oxford last summer after reading philosophy, politics and economics (PPE), said the email was an example of the university’s “institutional racism” and he called on the College to apologise.

“The colleges have hundreds of students – if a white person comes by they don’t say anything,” Mr Nylander said. “I have lots of white friends who are never stopped.”

He said he has been stopped and asked for identity documents by porters at Brasenose College and Magdalene College on his way to tutorials, and at St Hilda’s College where he had a play rehearsal.

Aliya Yule, an organiser of the university’s Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality, said there was a similar issue recently where black students were repeatedly stopped and asked to provide identity documents when entering Christ Church College.

“This shows that there is still a problem with black students being seen as other, as security threats, as a danger,” Ms Yule, who is in her final year studying PPE at Wadham College.

“Black students are seen as outsiders, not the kind of person you see here or would want to see here. They are treated with hostility.”

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