• California University Brings Back Racially Segregated Housing

    Not long ago universities that offered racially segregated housing were being lambasted in the mainstream media for displaying such openly racist behavior. Apparently times have changed.

    Racially segregated housing will now be offered for African-American students at California State University in Los Angeles in an effort to minimize the effects of “racist attacks,” “racially insensitive remarks,” and “microaggressions.” It was less than a year ago when the school’s Black Student Union demanded the 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.

    Now, the University has complied. The schools website says this about the new segregated housing,

    “The Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community is designed to enhance the residential experience for students who are a part of or interested in issues of concern to the black community living on campus by offering the opportunity to connect with faculty and peers, and engage in programs that focus on academic success, cultural awareness, and civic engagement.”

    California State University joins the University of Connecticut, the University of California at Davis, and the University of California at Berkeley as schools that offer racially segregated housing. Legally, these living facilities cannot be “Black Only;” however all are being marketed as housing for African-Americans and all have an application process whereby students much be accepted to live in the housing.

    While there has been no uproar in the national media about the resurgence of racially segregated on-campus housing, one wonders if things would be different if a University tried offering a “Whites Only” housing option? It seems likely.

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