This University Will Give Black Students FREE Tuition as an Apology for Slavery

Some senators objected that the “free” tuition would actually have to be paid for by other students, but failed to overcome appeals to rectify historical injustices.

The Western Kentucky University student government voted Tuesday in favor of reparations for black students in the form of free tuition.

The resolution, which passed by a vote of 19-10-0, recommends that the university acknowledge slavery as a “debt that will never be paid” and offer free tuition to black students, reports the WKU Herald.

“This resolution would discriminate against other populations.”   

In addition, the resolution asks that a special task force be created to look into test-optional admissions and admissions weighting based on geographical location, which in theory would make it easier for black students to apply and be accepted to WKU.

Andre Ambam, one of the resolution’s authors, told the Herald that racial disparity has translated into economic disparity, inhibiting black students from attending 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 government’s support of reparation[s] for black students would be amazing,” Ambam said.

“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,” added Brian Anderson, the other author of the bill.

Some senators expressed concerns about the financial burden on students who would have to cover the free tuition, either in the form of increased fees or higher taxes, but were unable to disabuse their colleagues of the notion that historical injustice must be rectified by contemporary injustice.

“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, however, countered that the resolution is not unfair because it makes up for the advantages that white people have historically enjoyed in American society.

“A lot of times equality can feel like oppression for those who are losing their advantage, but that’s not a reason we shouldn’t fight for equality,” Nellans said.

7 COMMENTS

  1. I BELEIVE BLACKS WERE EDUCATED BETTER DURING SEPARATE BUT EQUAL BUT DID NOT HAVE THE OPPOTUNITY TO USE IT THAT WAS WRONG NOW SCHOOL SYSTEMS ARE FAILING THEM LOOK AT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FREE COLLEGE IS NOT THE ANSWER FOR THOSE WHO CANT READ OR WRITE AND DROP OUT TO BE DRUG DEALERS IT IS THEIR OWN THAT ARE HURTING THEM IN RECENT TIMES NOT THE PLANTATION OWNERS

  2. What about the descendants of white slaves. No matter this racist BS has to stop, I suggest all other students leave this University and transfer to one that is more fair to all students, and let these racist black students see how far their free education goes.

  3. Sure, give the money to people who were actually slaves. Oh that’s right, they’ve all been dead for over a 100 years. Just a bunch of dumb kids.

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