Judging by her latest comments, Malia Bouattia, the new president of the National Union of Students (NUS), has a fairly low view of black and minority ethnic (BME) students. In a recent interview with the Guardian, Bouattia said that BME students are ‘being forced to engage with content that doesn’t relate to them’, and that studying European thinkers could even be ‘psychologically destructive’ to BME students.
Bouattia argues that a ‘Eurocentric’ curriculum is problematic because BME students ‘don’t see themselves in what they’re studying, and can’t relate to it’. According to her, any body of knowledge produced solely by white people is inaccessible to BME students. Presumably, this includes the plays of Shakespeare; the ancient literature of Suetonius, Tacitus and Plutarch; the political economy of Adam Smith and Karl Marx; and the science of Pythagoras, Archimedes, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.