The President of KCLSU and occasional Live! contributor Chris Mullan has got himself into hot water, following claims of racism at an NUS training event at the end of August. The NUS Black Students Officer originally posted the allegations on Facebook, but her message was widely reprinted on student 'activist' websites.
Mullan, who is known throughout the 'student movement' for speaking his mind, is alleged to have questioned whether recruiting black students from deprived neighbourhoods was a good idea, given that problems with knife and gun crime might attract 'undesirables'. Live! understands that this is only part of the story, taken out of context, but the KCLSU President is currently unable to comment due to an apparent police investigation.
The Daily Mail and thelondonpaper reported that Mullan - along with an officer from Nottingham who allegedly held up a 'bring back slavery' sign - is under investigation for 'race-hate' offences due to these allegations, although Live! has so far been unable to confirm this nor determine how it constitutes 'race hate'.
A number of people have described the current situation as a 'witch-hunt', with allegations flying around the blogosphere and Facebook at high speed. The exact words and context, as with any political scandal, appear to be in dispute and Mullan has very few friends inside the NUS who would support him due to his often belligerent nature. Consequently what exactly happened may never be widely known.
Earlier in the year there were also allegations of racism at the top level of the NUS, after Vice President (Welfare) Ama Uzowuru was apparently told by NUS Treasurer Dave Lewis that her name was not 'mainstream' enough to appear on NUS Extra publicity, whilst having a private conversation in a car on the way to an event. On her NUS blog, Uzowuru also accused other NUS officers of racism for not challenging the statement as they were present at the time. It was later resolved following an apology and blog post by Dave Lewis, but Uzowuru also came under fire for complaining via her blog, rather than using internal disciplinary processes.