Justice

WMU student group calls out school for allowing racism

The Campus Activities Board sides with a man who says WMU ignored complaints of discrimination and intimidation.

Western Michigan University’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) is standing with a university employee who is suing the school for ignoring racist behavior of a former employee.

Smith Moore, WMU’s director of event services and catering, filed a lawsuit against the school on August 24th over his treatment at the hands of Mitchell Beare.

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Moore, who is Black, alleges that Beare, who is white, attempted to put a noose around his neck during a diversity and inclusion meeting in 2017.

Beare, who was WMU’s assistant director of operations, also had several complaints made against him for racist behavior toward Black students.

In a post on Facebook, the CAB stated that WMU is failing to live up to its values of “diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

“WMU ignored several reports of blatant racism committed by Mitchell Beare,” reads the statement. “Despite this, Beare was allowed a comfortable retirement (with benefits).”

Beare retired from WMU in 2017 shortly after the noose incident.

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