UC Davis students step up

The power of silence is often discussed, yet rarely embraced. But here, earlier today, was the ultimate power of silence, on display and as impressive as I’ve ever seen.

As day after the UC Davis police force ruthlessly pepper sprayed a line of students holding a peaceful protest, the school’s chancellor, Linda Katehi, refused to leave her office, giving the impression that she was, in a sense, being held hostage. Wrote Xeni Jardin, a student at the university:

A pretty remarkable thing just happened. A press conference, scheduled for 2:00pm between the UC Davis Chancellor and police on campus, did not end at 2:30. Instead, a mass of Occupy Davis students and sympathizers mobilized outside, demanding to have their voice heard. After some initial confusion, UC Chancellor Linda Katehi refused to leave the building, attempting to give the media the impression that the students were somehow holding her hostage. A group of highly organized students formed a large gap for the chancellor to leave. They chanted “we are peaceful” and “just walk home,” but nothing changed for several hours. Eventually student representatives convinced the chancellor to leave after telling their fellow students to sit down and lock arms.

So Katehi walked—in silence. Sad, pathetic, awkward silence.

Remarkable.

3 thoughts on “UC Davis students step up”

  1. As a point of clarification, Xeni Jardin is an editor at Boingboing. She isn’t a student at UCD. That excerpt came from an interview that Xeni conducted with a student at UCD.

  2. OK, I get the need to keep the bots out. It would be nice if I didn’t have to rewrite what I wrote when I forget to do my math.
    Grrrrrrr
    What gets me is the excuse the police authorities are using that the spray is the best way to deal with the situation.
    Apparently carrying protesters off physically can cause injury.
    The question is, why is it necessary to break up the protesters anyway?
    For the most part they are peaceful with an occasional idiot that doesn’t get it.
    Here in Eugene the protesters and the police have done a good job of working together moving from one location to another.
    When they were camped by the UofO my daughter did complain they impeded her ability to get to class during finals. Put her a bit against the protesters.
    They also lost some of my support when they protested at the small banks.
    I can see going after BofA or Chase but Umpqua Bank? Please.
    Where this movement will lose it’s support is when they go too far.

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