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California students persuade university to give them segregated housing. But it’s OK–they’re black

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The Los Angeles campus of Cal State University has come under fire for offering segregated housing for students. But this was done at the request — make that demand — of African-American students.

The university set aside about 20 spots in its 192-unit dorm complex for the exclusive use of black students in a program called Halisi Scholars, in response to a list of demands the Black Student Union sent to the school’s president last year.

Clip via CBS News Los Angeles.

Of the 14 demands presented to the university, the 13th covered segregated housing.

WE DEMAND the creation and financial support of a CSLA housing space delegated for Black students and a full time Resident Director who can cater to the needs of Black students. Many Black CSLA students cannot afford to live in Alhambra or the surrounding area with the high prices of rent. A CSLA housing space delegated for Black students would provide a cheaper alternative housing solution for Black students. This space would also serve as a safe space for Black CSLA students to congregate, connect, and learn from each other.

 

Many of the other demands were financial in nature, including $20,000 per quarter to the Black Student Union, a $30 million endowment to financially aid black students and $500,000 for outreach programs to recruit black students.

People took to social media to blast the program.

One wondered how far they should take it — to the bad old days of the segregated south?

And still another wondered if what’s good for the goose might also apply to the gander.

But still, communications major and program participant Aaron Rodgers claimed to CBS Los Angeles that it’s not segregation at all — everyone is welcome.

“We don’t want to come off as we are separating ourselves,” Rodgers told the station. “If you want to live in the black dorms, you shouldn’t have that fixed mindset … “Oh, I just want to live the black dorms because I’m black.’ In this whole building, there are other races,” Rodgers explained.

The Black Student Union issued its demands upon its perception that black students on campus “have been, and still are, consistently made the targets of racist attacks by fellow students, faculty, and administration,” according to its statement.

“These attacks come in many forms. Some are more overt and some subtle.  Racially insensitive remarks, and micro-aggressions, by professors and students create a learning environment that is not conducive to the overall learning atmosphere.”

Yet Cal State-L.A. is reportedly above average in racial diversity. Although blacks are a minority on campus, according to this pie chart, so are whites.

Although Americans felt that greater racial harmony would result from the election of the first African-American president, just the opposite occurred, according to a Rasmussen report that came out last year.

It found that nearly half of the Americans surveyed thought the president had driven a wedge between the races — only 29 percent thought he’d brought them closer together.

This is arguably one more example.

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