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In a recent faculty senate meeting, a motion was passed to move the resolution to require African and African American Studies (AAAS) classes for undergraduates to a committee for further evaluation.

However, those who helped draft the resolution felt that this motion was delaying dealing with the problem of antiblackness. 

“The motion that was made to move the resolution to a committee by a group of professors, some of whom were senators, and some of whom were not, was really just a tactic to distract from the actual resolution,” said Dr. Lori Martin, Interim Director of LSU AAAS. 

After the committee motion, Dr. Martin asked the senate sponsors of the resolution, Dr. Cassandra Chaney and Dr. Sonja Wiley, to withdraw their resolution. 

“We rescinded it because that was an agreement that the creators of the course, the resolution, and the black student athletes asked us to do if we saw that the resolution was not going to pass and would be sent to a committee to be talked about," Wiley said.

"More time would be taken to come to probably something that was not going to be the actual resolution that we need, not want, we need,” she continued.

Professors worked with the Black Student Athlete’s Association to draft the resolution originally, which was the students’ idea after the events over the summer that brought antiblackness into the spotlight.

“There’s always been talks of racism but George Floyd, I think actually for the first time in my life, that the eyes of the world were on addressing antiblackness,” Chaney said.

Despite no further action being taken with the resolution specifically, Dr. Martin says different departments at LSU are looking to add AAAS classes to their curriculum.  

“The honors college has asked if we would schedule a section of AAAS 2000 so that honors college students can take the course so we’re doing that,” Martin said. 

They are also creating a section for residential college students in the college of humanities and social sciences, as well as working to provide dual enrollment high school AAAS courses.

Though the resolution being unsuccessful, professors like Dr. Chaney and Dr. Wiley are not giving up yet on focusing on antiblackness at LSU.

“As tired as I am, I see the need to continue pushing and to continue to do the work. As busy as I am, if I don’t do it, who is going to do it” Chaney rhetorically asked.