New “Afro-theme” dorms will be dedicated strictly to African American students and promoting their culture, but will still be open to anyone who wants to live there, claims San Francisco State University.
Only six percent of the student population at the college is African American, but they are getting their own racially segregated space to live on campus, according to CBS SFBay Area.
Campus officials say they are responding to demands from the Black Student Union, who said they needed their own space where they can “safely live and talk about issues affecting African-Americans.” So in spite of the university saying the space will be open to anyone, according to the demands of the black students, they don’t want anyone of another race in their space.
Last spring, an African American student physically attacked a white male student who had his hair in dreadlocks. The incident was captured on a cellphone video, leading university officials to take the matter seriously.
SF State spokesman Jonathan Morales said, “We want to be pro-active responding to some of the issues that have been brought out by the Black Lives Matter movement and we want to work with our student leaders in the Black Student Union and other students of color organizations to make sure that our living and learning community here is inclusive.”
One student interviewed, who is actually black, was opposed to the idea. Sam Gebremiche said, “I think we need to have united dorms and have different cultures be together and just come as a group.”
Another university, Cal State Los Angeles, where black students are about 4 percent of the student body, has also made special housing available for black students, as a way to “shield them from racially insensitive remarks.”
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