King?s College President, Chris Mullan, is still facing more abuse and foul mouthing at the hands of NUS Black Student?s Officer, Bellavia Ribeiro-Addy. In a statement published following NUS? decision not to uphold any of the complaints against Mullan, Bell has condemned the decision and called into question the actions of NUS Vice President (Higher Education) Aaron Porter. Furthermore, no doubt through self-righteous whinging, Bell has succeeded in having Mullan banned from future NUS events until he has undergone ?Equal Opportunities Training?.
I will admit, as this is an opinion piece, that I regard Chris as a good friend and have followed this whole charade with a sense of outrage and disgust. Perhaps as a ?white girl? many members of the NUS will not consider me fit to comment. However, as I see it, Bellavia is at best the boy who cried wolf and at worst the very thing she detests the most: blinded by her own racist prejudices.
Racism is not the sole vexation of students involved in the Black Students' campaign. I am sure at this very moment no one knows what it feels like to be unfairly discriminated against due to the colour of their skin more than Chris Mullan. Simply consider whether he would have been attacked in this way by the NUS, the KCLSU Trustees and the Media if he had been born with a darker complexion.
Student ?activists? such as Bellavia Ribeiro-Addy do themselves, and the students they are supposed to represent, no favours by screaming and balling at every misquoted opportunity. This is not a case of racial hatred and the lack of any police enquiry or succesful complaints proves that point clearly. I stand staunchly against racism and I agree that everything within our power should be done to stop people suffering verbal and physical abuse or discrimination due to their sex, background, skin colour, religion, sexuality or mental and physical disabilities. However, when people show little or no ability to accept that they are likely to have differing opinions from other people and cause as a result simple incidents like this to be blown out of proportion they lose all credibility. With the hysterical behaviour of Bellavia over this matter I doubt that she is fit to deal with serious issues of racism where students may be genuinely feeling vulnerable, threatened and facing real every day dangers in their learning environments. The type of situation Chris Mullan wanted to tackle!
This is not the first time hysterical reactions have been prompted from NUS Senior Officers over the matter of racism. At the same NUS Officer Training event one year previously I, and two of my colleagues, were accused of offending NUS Welfare Officer Ama Uzowuru by making ?racist comments?. This was in relation to suggesting an actor in a training video looked like Samuel L. Jackson. The irony is that my two colleagues were not, as I am, white. I?m glad no one was spiteful enough during our training to make an example of me as they have chosen to do of Chris Mullan.
It is about time that Bellavia and her supporters were made aware that their bullying tactics will not be tolerated. The NUS is currently a ?safe space? only for those that can use their ?minority? influences to frighten and threaten other people into silent submission. If equality of opportunity is really to be realised then someone needs to stand up for the rights of the ?majority? and tell the NUS Black Students? Campaign that white people are people too!