ACADEMIC RACISM (THE “GOOD” KIND)

Apparently overt racist policy is just fine….if you happen to be the beneficiary, that is.

Want an ugly, sick example?  I wish I could say it was difficult to provide one, but I can’t.

From Masha Froliak’s article at heatst.com:

The Afrikan [sic] Student Union at the University of California has issued a list of demands– which include a $40 million endowment, their own “safe spaces” on campus, and mandatory “cultural awareness training” for all students — as compensation for what they call racially insensitive incidents. The demands, listed in an open letter, cite different “racial attacks” on campus.

“Black students at UCLA are consistently made the targets of racist attacks by fellow students, faculty, and administration,” the Afrikan Student Union writes in their eight-point ultimatum. “Unfortunately, on April 30, 2017, a photo was released depicting the USAC [student government] President holding gang signs.”

“Since nothing has been done in recent years, the Afrikan Student Union is DEMANDING that UCLA administrators work with black students towards the development of a more positive campus climate,” the group’s open letter says.

Among its demands is a $40 million endowment, which according to the letter would fund “a comprehensive effort to address the underrepresentation of African-American students, faculty, and staff at our university”.

Also on a list of demands are physical “safe spaces for ASU and its projects” which would include “meeting/gathering/safe spaces” and be staffed by a director and an office manager.

The list goes on to demand that the university create anti-discrimination policies against prejudicial behavior. One policy the ASU wants is mandatory  “Cultural Awareness training” for all incoming students, faculty and staff members, and campus police officers.

In addition ASU wants university to establish the position of Black Student Financial Aid Officer that would “advocate for financial aid for previously dismissed students” and also ensure four years of guaranteed free housing for black students. The ASU argues that securing housing is especially difficult for black students due to “low socio-economic status, difficulty of navigating the first generation college experience, and difficulties remaining financially stable amidst the rising living costs in Westwood.”

The ultimatum also demands the creation of at least five “fully funded student positions” with “bi-weekly salaries of at least $15/hour”.

UCLA spokesperson Brian Haas said the administration is reviewing the ASU’s list of demands.

Hand us $40 million dollars, provide “safe spaces” (yes, you can read that “Black only” spaces)?  A Black only financial aid officer?  A well-paid Black student workforce?

I loved one commenter’s reaction:  “Damn, next thing you know they will want their own bathrooms and water fountains…..”.

When segregation was in full force in the South (not that it was restricted to that part of the country, then or now), most White people did not complain.  That is because they were on the receiving end.

Fighting racism means ending it, not re-implementing the same garbage, just changing  the colors.

If the UCLA administration wants to consider something, how about them considering telling the “Afrikan Student Union” no.  N. O. No.  Tell them that every effort will be made to minimize racism on campus, no matter which group performs it.  And demands for racism by any group, including Black students, will not be tolerated.

On the other hand, we’re talking about UCLA – the University of California “educational” system.  So don’t expect any of this to happen.

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