Segregated ‘blacks only’ housing at California university reignites old debate
The campus, which caters to around 28,000 students, opened the “Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community” for the new term, describing it as being for students "interested in issues of concern to the black community.”
There are 20 rooms designated as such out of the 192 in the complex.
California Uni is making black only housing. Why are people going back to the 50s? Next black only water fountains? We are going backwards.— sports lovin Melissa (@steelchick35) September 7, 2016
The dorms come after the Black Student Union at CSULA demanded a “housing space delegated for Black students,” due to the number of racist attacks and “micro-aggressions” that left people fearful of their safety.
When Whites want their own communities its immoral & intolerant. When Blacks want segregated areas, no problem.https://t.co/u71OL0EQbm— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) September 6, 2016
So now colleges offering segregated housing for safety? That's a step backwards huh 🤔— Javoy (@maalymallll) September 8, 2016
wait, California State U is offering black only dorms...? Thats literally reverting back to segregation. WTF is the world coming too— GEERS (@MarkGeers) September 8, 2016
Those opposed to such housing arrangements argued it promoted racial discrimination while those who supported it said it helped provide minority students with a sense of belonging.
California State just announced its upcoming "black only dorms". Welcome to America, where we use reverse racism to fix everyone's gripes.— Vanessa Tenore (@vnesstenore) September 8, 2016
The segregation of a public university is not only wrong but incredibly depressing. "Progress". #CalStateLA— Austin Smith (@AZAustin43) September 7, 2016
College officials were left to defend the housing, with a CSULA spokesman explaining the situation had been blown out of proportion as the housing is open to “all students,” not just black students.
“This community is open to all students,” said Robert Lopez. “This living-learning community focuses on academic excellence and learning experiences that are inclusive and non-discriminatory.”
Lopez told the Los Angeles Times that the university offered four “themed living communities,” which includes for first-year, honors and gender-neutral housing.
Martin Luther King and every Civil right activist didn't sacrifice their time and lives so you could ask for segregated dorms. #CalStateLA— Aaron (@aarbearstare) September 7, 2016
Wasn't there a movement to DESEGREGATE? https://t.co/EONiocnXQ5— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 8, 2016
A number of campuses around the country offer such “themed” housing, including the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University and the University of Iowa.