Thursday, January 17, 2019
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Segregation Makes A Comeback At Cal State LA

Jessica Scheering comments
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California State University Los Angeles has acquiesced to the Black Student Union’s demands to build segregated housing for black students attending the university, according to a report, claiming "racially insensitive remarks, and micro-aggressions, by professors and students create a learning environment that is not conducive to the overall learning atmosphere." The new Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community "focuses on academic excellence and learning experiences that are inclusive and non-discriminatory,”  according to Cal State LA spokesman Robert Lopez.

In a letter dated November 22nd, 2015, the union presented a list of demands to university president William A Covino. Included in their demands are cultural competency training for all staff and faculty, saying "It is a shame that discriminatory and racist incidents continue to happen on campus, and those responsible do not face any repercussions. An anti-discrimination policy would outline exactly what discriminatory behavior looks like, and what the consequences are when such policy is violated." They also demanded "the hiring of 3 full time and permanent Black faculty counselors at the Student Health Center," and included black representation on the Board of Directors and police officers, and segregated housing. Their demands also included "first and second year students fulfill a minimum of two ethnic studies courses, with one being a Pan African Studies course, as a graduation requirement."

Alongside Cal State LA, U Conn, UC Davis, and Berkeley are now all offering segregated housing for black students. Though the housing offered are technically open to all students, they are promoted and used specifically for black students only by the universities.

However, campus officials took down a great deal of online information regarding it's new housing. Young American's Foundation managed to quote from the Halisi housing application. Amongst the rules are "respect the differences of others that live in my community and look for positive thing to learn from them, be an advocate for change if the tools and resources available are deemed inadequate," and "accept that I am still learning and need to be open to new ideas and experiences."

These demands for particular and special treatment for only black students follows on the heels of the Movement for Black Lives' platform for, amongst other things, unearned money named "reparations," various kinds of political power, and exclusive economic and business treatment. 

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Jessica Scheering

Jess is a native Venezuelan who loves good theology, arepas, chicken pot pie, and the Intermountain West.