Tamika Butler Reflects on Campus Protests

Tamika Butler (’09), Founder + Principal of Tamika L. Butler Consulting, LLC and urban planning PhD student at UCLA, authored an article for Medium reflecting on her experience providing legal assistance at a UCLA encampment, calling on decision-makers to lead instead of blame, and urging support for student voices (“Not Just a Student,” May 1). “[S]ome form of violence is always utilized by those in power to justify their suppression of those they have deemed as ‘other.’ This is the settler colonialism and violence our country was built on. For so long college campuses have been places to confront this, dialogue, and pledge to do better than our ancestors. Rather than trying to shut down students who seek to remind us of that and push us with a hope and love to do better, we should protect them, celebrate them, and listen to them.”