Martin Luther King had a dream and this is not it. For the first time since the 1870’s, segregation is back in California schools. The President Of California State University, William A. Covino, received a letter last year from Cal State’s Black Student Union that reads like the first round of demands in a hostage negotiation.
In fact, all fourteen requests started with “WE DEMAND”.
WE DEMAND a $30 million dollar endowment to help support Black students financially, akin to the initiative that is being implemented at UC Berkeley. Many Black students must work 2-3 jobs in order to pay for the continually rising cost of education. Funding is one of the reasons why many Black students do not apply to CSLA, and also a hindrance to many that are accepted. For a University that is as “diverse” as CSLA, something must be done to make sure that Black students are financially secure.
WE DEMAND $500,000 in funding for outreach programs that will focus on the recruitment of Black high school students as well as transfer students. This program should be facilitated and overseen by the Pan African Studies Department. There must be an increase in the Black student body from 4% to 15% minimum within two years and to increase Black student admissions to 25% within five years. Additionally, there must be an implementation of programs specifically designed to increase admission, retention, and graduation rates Black students.
WE DEMAND first and second year students fulfil a minimum of two ethnic studies courses, with one being a Pan African Studies course, as a graduation requirement.
WE DEMAND the creation and financial support of a CSLA housing space delegated for Black students and a full time Resident Director who can cater to the needs of Black students. Many Black CSLA students cannot afford to live in Alhambra or the surrounding area with the high prices of rent. A CSLA housing space delegated for Black students would provide a cheaper alternative housing solution for Black students. This space would also serve as a safe space for Black CSLA students to congregate, connect, and learn from each other.
What they’re asking for are reparations. We’ve seen lists of demands like this from every Black Lives Matter affiliated organization in America. Black Lives Matter itself, is just a dual purpose tool for the Democrat party and Black supremacists. The Democrat party, after 7 years of declining Black economic data, needed a narrative of racism to victimize Black people so Hillary could offer them hope. Black supremacist groups, in turn, get the leverage they need to extort money from organizations controlled by weak liberal leaders.
Although it’s unclear how many of these demands were met, the school has confirmed a new on-campus segregated housing community for Black students. Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984.