In mid-20th century South Africa, blacks had “the opportunity to live in a shared space… with others who have a shared identity, specifically a marginalized identity.”
It was called “apartheid.”
Now, in what is supposed to be the extreme and enlightened opposite of apartheid, black students at Western Washington University will have “the opportunity to live in a shared space… with others who have a shared identity, specifically a marginalized identity.”
That’s correct: Segregated housing specifically for black students … is back.
The school has designated the fourth floor of one of its residence halls for a “Black Affinity Housing program,” reports FOX News. It is not the first school to do so. Stanford University and Cornell University also now offer race-restrictive housing. American University in Washington, D.C., has announced it will offer Black Affinity Housing after the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the death of drug addict George Floyd.
“The program will explore and celebrate the diversity of Black and African American people and culture, with historical and contemporary context,” reads an explanation on the school’s website. “Black Affinity Housing residents, representing all diverse identities, pride themselves on fostering a sense of belonging for all residents by creating a safe environment for open, honest, and sometimes challenging dialogue.”
The “the opportunity to live in a shared space” verbiage comes from a webinar the school presented on the subject in April.
Black student organizations and applicants are embracing the new no-whites-allowed housing, the school claims.