Faculty members at Western Kentucky University are backing the Student Government Association’s (SGA) resolution to provide slavery reparations in the form of free tuition for black students.
As I wrote in a previous article, this effort is the worst kind of racism: the bigotry of low expectations.
The students’ resolution, which was passed with a 19-10 vote in April, demands “reparations for the systemic denial of access to high quality educational opportunities in the form of full and free access for all black people (including undocumented, currently, and formerly incarcerated people to WKU).”
Last week, WKU’s faculty government decided to “stand in solidarity” with the students, passing a resolution of its own with a vote of 30-3 (with 3 abstentions). The faculty’s resolution supports the spirit of the SGA resolution, but does not explicitly call for free tuition for all black students.
Outgoing President Gary Ransdell has previously stated that the SGA would not be adopting the SGA’s demands, but would make an effort to “direct resources, energy, and effort toward those methods that are responsible, practical, and proven to achieve student success, with a particular focus on underrepresented minorities, low-income, and first generation college students.”
Faculty are now urging incoming President Timothy Caboni to commit to Ransdell’s promise by funding the tuition of black students and to address “the legacy of discrimination in Kentucky and in America that created ongoing wealth disparities that negatively impact our campus community.
Editor’s note: Now we know where this bullshit comes from. If I had a son or daughter attending this university, I would yank them out so fast it would make your head spin. And a lawsuit would follow.