The New Segregation: Black’s Only Dorm at a California University

Could you imagine a group of non-blacks (a.k.a. whites) demanding state Universities established housing for whites only?

Could you imagine a group of white students saying that such housing “…would also serve as a safe space for [white students] to congregate, and learn from each other.” —

Suppose white students declared in writing that they didn’t feel safe living in the same dorm as black students due to the violent nature and criminal inclination of their culture?

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What kind of uproar would follow?  Charges of racism, segregation, and Jim Crow?  And the white students would probably be kicked out the school, needless to say.

But not if you are of African descent!  And not if the year was 2016. And not if you attend California State University Los Angeles.

Last year the school received a list of demands from the Black Student Union.  They explained that segregated housing is needed to create a safe space living quarters for blacks only. reports, “The arrangement comes roughly nine months after the university’s Black Student Union issued a set of demands in response to what its members contend are frequent ‘racist attacks’ on campus, such as ‘racially insensitive remarks’ and ‘microaggressions’ by professors and students.”

The Los Angeles-based University joins other schools offering segregated housing such as the University of Connecticut and UC Davis and Berkeley.

Historically, colleges have often had other communities tied together by themes, but this is the first time in our modern era that the theme has been based on ethnicity. attempted to get more answers from the school, but the school refused to give any more details.

Campus leaders at Cal State LA “…took down much of the online information on the new housing that it posted in late July. And university housing officials and other campus officials rebuffed requests by The College Fix for more details.” — ibid.

If this is such a great thing, then why take down the particulars from the website?  Why refuse to answer questions?

All that remains is a single paragraph which explains that the new housing segregation is an effort to, “enhance the residential experience for students who are a part of or interested in issues of concern to the black community living on campus by offering the opportunity to connect with faculty and peers, and engage in programs that focus on academic success, cultural awareness, and civic engagement.”

Substitute the word “black” for white, Asian or German for that matter, and riots would break out in Los Angeles…again!  The students, especially if they were white, would have the KKK moniker flung in their direction.

Well, why not take this idea across the board?  Let’s have only black restaurants, doctors, water fountains, etc.!

When the Black Student Union’s demands were met, which included not only segregated housing, but a $30-million-dollar scholarship endowment for black student only, and three new black only faculty counselors, they cheered stating on their Instagram page “long overdue, but well deserved.”

The name for the new housing option is called the Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community.

One can’t help but wonder if there will be a sign hanging outside of the dorm “Black Only”?

Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson was the former Director of the Apologetics Group and President of Nicene Council. He was the senior writer/researcher for numerous documentaries including the best-selling Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism. In the 1990s he served as Executive Director of the Christian Coalition of Hillsborough County Florida. He currently holds an M.A. in Christian Studies and a M. Phil. in Christian Apologetics. He lives with his wife of nearly 30 years and has four children and four grandchildren.

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