Unsurprisingly, this isn't the only demand being made by the students. Calling themselves “Oxy United For Black Liberation”, the activists call for the immediate resignation of the university's president, setting aside resources for a new Black Studies program, and, most stupefying of all, “physicians of color” who will be tasked with tending to “injuries” that students believe to be “associated with issues of identity.”
What makes the students demands especially mind boggling is that on the face of it, they accomplish next to nothing of value. The demand that campus security stop wearing bulletproof vests, for instance, does nothing to address the way they interact with students. Rather, it's a cosmetic change that does nothing but leave peace officers even more vulnerable to attack than they already are. Breitbart expounds upon this:
“The demand for campus safety officers to stop wearing bulletproof vests is a strange one. The full demand is: ‘Immediate demilitarization of Campus Safety. Includes, but is not limited to: removal of bulletproof vest from uniform, exclusion of military and external police rhetoric from all documents and daily discourse, increased transparency and positive direct connection to the student body.'
The effect of removing bulletproof vests would simply be to make public safety officers more vulnerable to attack. It is also unclear how a campus police would exclude ‘police rhetoric' from internal communications, under student supervision.
The demands appear to be shaped by the ideology of the Black Lives Matter movement, which began last year in response to alleged incidents of police violence against black people, including the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown as he attacked a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
Black Lives Matter has demanded radical changes in policing across the country–often, according to both federal and local officials, to the detriment of public safety in urban communities.”