The University of Connecticut has an unusual perspective on diversity.
— The Source Magazine (@TheSource) January 29, 2016
UConn is building a separate residence for black males. They think this racially segregated housing will help with retention and graduation.
The university hopes to “make UConn feel like home” and match students with like-minded peers. They have residences for environmentally-conscious students too.
Another type of safe space?
Dr. Erik Hines, a professor of educational psychology at UConn said black students are graduating at a lower rate “so the University of Connecticut was forward-thinking in bringing a solution to this issue.”
There is absolutely no common sense in this solution. What if we had an only white residence?
Some students were critical but at least one student sees racism in the criticisms because blacks are getting something better than whites.
“The white portion of the University of Connecticut is probably not ready for it,” Isaac Bloodworth, a puppetry major, said of the criticisms. “You have people who are going to go against it because they are just racist and they see this as a form of segregation or that we’re getting better things than they are.”
Colleges should give some thought to lowering tuition and offering courses that lead directly to jobs instead of building separate but equal housing.
What about black women or Asian men or Hispanic women? There’s no end to where we might take this.
More endless identity politics to divide us. The articles about this keep referring to blacks as African-American but they are Americans, period. Is it time to think of one another as Americans and reverse this climate of division instead of furthering it in college.