Members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison student government are making demands to the school administration to allow free tuition for black students.
The group cites its reasoning is based on blacks having been legally barred from education during the colonial years of slavery, as well as the obstacles black youth face in today’s America. It also claims white students are “overrepresented” which institutes “white supremacy.”
Council Rep. Tyriek Mack of the Associated Students of Madison released a statement on the initiative:
“The university’s rhetoric suggests that it is committed to diversity and inclusion, so this legislation compels the university to move towards action — which is imperative. If no one challenges the university’s empty promises, then the racial composition will remain stagnant.”
Mack clarifies that the new policy would exempt all tuition and housing fees for black students, including students who are former inmates and those with criminal records.
University spokeswoman Meredith McGlone told the Star Tribune that only 2 percent of Madison’s enrollment are black students. She also noted that allowing free tuition to a certain group of colored people may not be legally granted.
As of now, the university has not formally responded to the group’s requests.
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