Ted Cruz's 'pampered teens' strike at white supremacy's heart in campus protests by Justin Hansford

Black university students are recognizing that they share a common struggle: they cannot merely navigate universities that are white-created, led and dominated, be it culturally, economically, politically, demographically or epistemologically. Instead, they face additional pressure to be excellent in, and to change, spaces that were not created for their benefit.

So when Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz condemned the growing wave of campus protests – including at his alma mater, Princeton – in a Guardian interview Tuesday as a product of “pampered teenagers who are scared of an idea that challenges their world view”, he completely missed the point. Renaming buildings at Georgetown or Princeton, or altering the Harvard crest, isn’t some overzealous request for a safe space, but rather the equivalent of cutting the heart out of the body of white supremacy.

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