Western Kentucky University’s student government wants their school to pay ‘reparations’ to black students in the form of free tuition because of slavery bringing a whole new meaning to virtue-signalling.
Campus Reform reports that some senators objected to the resolutions because the “free” tuition would actually have to be paid for by other students, but failed to overcome appeals to rectify historical injustices.
The resolution also asks that a special task force be created to look into test-optional admissions and admissions weighting based on geographical location, which in theory would make it easier for black students to apply and be accepted to WKU.
Andre Ambam, one of the resolution’s authors, told the Herald that racial disparity has translated into economic disparity, inhibiting black students from attending college.
“If you really care about diversity, if you really care about inclusion, if you really care about making this campus safe and accessible to everybody, having the student government’s support of reparation[s] for black students would be amazing,” Ambam said.
“This is something that I think is more importantly about sending a clear message than it is about actually trying to strive for the institution to actually give out free tuition to everybody,” added Brian Anderson, the other author of the bill.
This comes on the heels of black students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in February demanding they be offered tuition-free housing at the University because blacks were legally barred from education during slavery and the University remains out of reach for black students today. These were blacks students at the University saying this.
Just sayin’. Here’s some more which makes me think they should just go ahead and hand out graduation slips on the street corners for no reason at all:
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.
Test-optional? Yeah, that’s gonna do a lot for blacks. I know if tests were optional for black college students and a black college grad came to my business looking for work, I wouldn’t be in a big hurry to hire them and believe me – I have plenty of blacks working for me now.
Anyway, back to Kentucky:
The Student Government Association at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, said the measure is a recommendation to pay those students reparations for slavery, even though the U.S. abolished slavery more than 150 years ago. The resolution sends a message to university faculty and administrators that slavery is “a debt that will never be paid,” according to Campus Reform.
The resolution, which passed 19-10, also called for a special task force to research ways to make it easier for black students to apply and get accepted into the college.
The school’s website listed undergraduate tuition for campus residents during the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters at $4,956 per semester. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 8.9 percent of Western Kentucky students during the 2013-14 school year were black. White students accounted for 76 percent of the overall student body the same year.
Student Sen. Brian Anderson, who also played a role in crafting the resolution, said: “This is something that I think is more importantly about sending a clear message than it is about actually trying to strive for the institution to actually give out free tuition to everybody.”
Sen. Lily Nellans said she also supports the resolution.
“A lot of times equality can feel like oppression for those who are losing their advantage,” she said, “but that’s not a reason we shouldn’t fight for equality.”
Not all student leaders were on board, though.
“It will disadvantage other people from getting the same education,” Sen. William Hurst told the Herald. “I am not discounting that there is an obvious disadvantage to African-American students, but this resolution would discriminate against other populations.”
I only know this: You don’t solve racism with more racism. sorry kids.