Skip to comments.SGA passes resolution to support reparations for all black students
Posted on 04/19/2017 5:26:11 PM PDT by TigerClaws
The Student Government Association passed resolutions to support reparations for black students, causing varied response from senators and students.
Resolution to Support Reparations
The resolution aims to send a message to the university that it should acknowledge slavery is a debt that will never be paid. The resolution also called for a special task force to be established by WKU to research test-optional admissions and geographically-weighted admissions and for all black people to have full and free access to WKU, including free tuition.
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, said one author of the bill, Senator Brian Anderson.
The other author of the bill, Senator Andrea Ambam, said universities like to claim diversity without acknowledging the negative effects of slavery and segregation on black students. Ambam said past racial disparity has evolved into economic disparity in todays society, making it difficult for black youth to attend 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 governments support of reparation for black students would be amazing, Ambam said.
Several senators disagreed with the bill, saying free tuition for black students would still have to be paid by others whether by fees on other students or by taxes paid to the government.
It will disadvantage other people from getting the same education, Senator William Hurst said. I am not discounting that there is an obvious disadvantage to African-American students, but this resolution would discriminate against other populations.
Senator Lily Nellans said the propositions of the resolution might feel unfair, but in reality it would just give black students the same benefits that white students have had historically.
A lot of times equality can feel like oppression for those who are losing their advantage, but thats not a reason we shouldnt fight for equality, Nellans said.
After much debate, the resolution ultimately passed 19-10-1.
Ambam told a Herald reporter Wednesday she and Anderson recognized the resolution put forth a lofty request, referring to its call for all black students to receive free tuition, but she believes it is important to start the conversation.
I have no doubt that it started up conversation already, Ambam said. To me, thats the first step.
Regardless of the administrations response to the resolution, Ambam said she plans to continue trying to encourage conversation around the issue.
The point of a resolution like this is basically to make a huge statement saying that the Student Government Association recognizes the impact that slavery has had on black people today and that changes need to be made, Ambam said.
One student, Carter Gross, commented on the Heralds article about the resolution posted on Facebook and said he wonders if the SGA will consider giving free tuition to Native American students to compensate for settlers pushing them off their land, or to Asian Americans to compensate for the racism they have suffered in America, or if this is just virtue signaling at the expense of other students to make the SGA feel good about themselves.
Student Rachel West replied to Grosss comment and said she believes the resolutions proposition is a good thing.
This is the first step for change for many communities, West commented. Do not speak on behalf of them. Sometimes it takes one brave soul to step forward so that others will follow.
Several students and others took to social media to react to the resolution:
Reparations is basically slavery in itself, especially if the debt will “never be paid”. Either slavery is wrong or it isn’t. I don’t apologize one bit anyway for something that other white people did. There is still slavery in Africa right now. Do something about that instead.
White genocide is coming.
My family lost everything they had (including a brother) during the Civil War. Things were so bad they had to move to Texas to survive.
Since we’re all basically immigrants, who are they going to go after? Democrats?
“...effects of slavery and segregation on black students...”
Show us one who has been directly affected by slavery or segregation...
Slavery hasn’t been around for American blacks for 150 years and they seem to self segregate these days....
Sorry but they can’t buy them brains. However, they can cover that up by blaming slavery 150 years ago.
Says it perfectly.
claim diversity without acknowledging the negative effects of slavery and segregation on black students
“a debt that will never be paid.
That says it all. Social justice on steroids.
If it’s a debt that can never be repaid, why even try to pay it at all?
a debt that will never be paid.
That is because no amount of money, no apology, NOTHING will ever be enough to shut up the offended class.
Or make them equal.
I want a pony.
Shut up the offended class?I can think of a way to do that.
One of the best pieces I have ever read about “reparations”:
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