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Student Activists at U. Chicago Demand School Give $1 Billion to City’s South Side for Reparations

Student Activists at U. Chicago Demand School Give $1 Billion to City’s South Side for Reparations

“The University exists as a legacy of chattel slavery.”

Just a billion? Are these students sure that will be enough?

FOX News reports:

University of Chicago students demand school give $1 billion in reparations to South Side

A University of Chicago student organization is demanding that the administration pay over $1 billion in reparations to the city’s South Side.

In an op-ed on Feb. 9 in The Chicago Maroon, UChicago Against Displacement argued that the University of Chicago should pay over $1 billion in reparations to the city’s South Side over 20 years, arguing that it will “protect South Siders from displacement.”

“We at UChicago Against Displacement (UCAD), too, believe that the South Side is owed reparations. The University exists as a legacy of chattel slavery. Moreover, it has been an active participant in segregation, redlining, and supporting developments that work to isolate the University from its neighbors and put Southsiders at risk of displacement from their homes,” the group states.

The group proposes that the University of Chicago provide a “$20 million annual fund for rental assistance and local schools” and “$1 billion over 20 years ($50 million annually) in grant funding for long-term true affordable housing”

Additionally, the group is demanding that the university “reaffirm” their agreement not to expand into Woodlawn and Washington Park, expand employer-assisted housing for low-income employees as well as working-class employees, pursue “accountability” around university owned land in Black communities, and engage with local schools in supporting STEM programs.

The group states that the University of Chicago has “enormously influential power in the South Side,” stating that the university led the effort in bringing the Obama Presidential Center to the South Side.

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“Additionally, the group is demanding that the university “reaffirm” their agreement not to expand into Woodlawn and Washington Park, …”

“The group states that the University of Chicago has “enormously influential power in the South Side,” stating that the university led the effort in bringing the Obama Presidential Center to the South Side.”

Two very disparate statements. The residents strongly oppose the Presidential “Center” ( not a library!) because of the loss of very valuable green space. Notice they omitted Garfield Park from their list of where not to expand.

Uneducated eedjits. U of C was such a respected school….now, all they know how to do is demand and complain. Attend classes??? No.

The University of Chicago was founded in 1892, a quarter century after the end of chattel slavery in the United States. It was also funded with Rockefeller money. Some of that money came from selling goods for the Union war effort. Most of it was oil money. Where do they get the connection to slavery?

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to chaswjd. | February 14, 2022 at 11:53 am

    “Where do they get the connection to slavery?”

    “Shut up!”, they explained.

    lawgrad in reply to chaswjd. | February 14, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    It turns out that there are two different University of Chicagos. They bought the name from the defunct school when they were founded. The only remnant of the old university of chicago is now the Northwester University Law School. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_University_of_Chicago

    The current University of Chicago was largely funded by John D Rockefeller, who made his money after the Civil War without relying upon slavery. The first University of Chicago was funded by an initial donation from Sen Steven A Douglas. In 2020 anti-Douglas zelots went on quite a campaign to discredit him, even though historians disagree on his stance on slavery. Chicago renamed Douglas Park, which honors him, as Douglass Park to honor Frederick Douglass.

I was going to inveigh against this, but on second thought I’ll let it slide.
After all, they’re putting the screws to the very administrators who have let them get away with all their woke bullshit up until this point.
Oh dear… it turns out they did not eat you last after all!

Their critical thinking is critically stinking.

U of Chicago which has a strong stance on freedom of speech and was the home of Milton Friedman, should not give a nickel in this latest version of the demand for a free lunch

I agree. The $$ to come from a fund voluntarily endowed by the current students who support the initiative.

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