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U. Wisconsin-Madison Students Demand Free Tuition for Black Students

U. Wisconsin-Madison Students Demand Free Tuition for Black Students

“white supremacy”

When these students graduate and some of them get jobs, do you think they’ll be willing to work for free?

The Associated Press reports:

Wisconsin students demand free tuition for black students

Black students should be offered free tuition and housing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison because blacks were legally barred from education during slavery and university remains out of reach for black students today, the student government said Wednesday.

The Associated Students of Madison said in a resolution that students from suburban high schools are overrepresented. The group said consideration of ACT and SAT scores in applications restricts opportunities for the poor and thus upholds “white supremacy.”

Race relations have been a contentious issue at the Wisconsin’s flagship campus for months. The university has proposed some measures aimed at improving diversity.

“The university’s rhetoric suggests that it is committed to diversity and inclusion, so this legislation compels the university to move towards action — which is imperative,” the resolution’s author, ASM Student Council Rep. Tyriek Mack, said in a statement. “If no one challenges the university’s empty promises, then the racial composition will remain stagnant.”

The resolution demands free access to the university for all black people, including former inmates. That means free tuition, free housing and no fees, Mack said. That would save a black resident undergraduate student about $20,000 a year.

The resolution goes on to call for the university to use 10 percent of donations to bolster financial aid and study the feasibility of test-optional and geographically weighted admissions.

The language mirrors demands that the Black Liberation Collective, a national network of black youth focused on higher education, has made to nearly 90 campuses across the country.

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Now hold your horses. Black students have had preference in college admissions since 1965 when the Civil Rights Act brought in Affirmative Action. There are tens of thousands of black only scholarships, black only fraternities, even a black student union. (Whites-only versions of those would go over like lead balloons.

This is the United States of America. We are supposed to ALL be equal under the law. The Civil Rights Act says that color of our skin does not matter. So why does it? And why should black students get free tuition that their fellow students who are white will not receive?

this legislation compels the university to move towards action

Okay, am I missing something? This is student government, right? Do they actually have the power to compel the administration to do anything? At my alma mater student government was purely ceremonial, but perhaps it’s different at UW-M?

    Walker Evans in reply to daniel_ream. | February 18, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    The actual administration of this school should tell these students to go pound sand … provided the students are bright enough to find a rat hole. As Margaret Thatcher was fond of saying, “Socialism only works until you run out of other people’s money!”

After thinking things over carefully since my last post I’ve decided I may have been hasty. To make amends I will hereafter and in perpetuity fund full scholarships for “students of color” as follows:

For every slave I have ever owned, and every person of color I have ever oppressed, full-ride scholarships for 10 students of color.

For every slave my father ever owned, and every person of color he ever oppressed, full-ride scholarships for 10 students of color.

For every slave my grandfather, great-grandfather, or great-great-grandfather ever owned, and every person of color any of them ever oppressed, full-ride scholarships for 10 students of color (each).

Since my family records are fairly complete it is easy to do the math on this one. Adding up all of the people of color impacted by my offer, the grand total of full-ride scholarships I owe is … let’s see, carry the sum from the first column into the second, then add the next column … if I have done the arithmetic properly the number of full-ride scholarships I owe comes to …

Ummm … zero. But, since I have made this generous offer it should exempt me from having any of my tax monies go for the same purpose, right?

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