WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - California State University, Los Angeles started offering segregated housing for black students in a new program called Halisi Scholars.
CBS Los Angeles reported the campus set aside 20 spots in its 192-unit dorm complex for black students and “anyone who shares similar concerns.”
The dorm comes after the university’s Black Student Union issued a list of demands as a response to claims of racial discrimination on campus.
In the letter addressed to university President William Covino, the union demanded “the creation and financial support of a CSLA housing space delegated for black students and a full-time resident director who can cater to the needs of black students.”
But on social media, many are criticizing the program and calling it self-segregation.
Very bad idea. Cal State University LA offers segregated housing shield black students from 'microaggressions https://t.co/xQwaM3Dxg7— Susan L Lewis (@IjustDisagree) September 7, 2016
Is this real life? Segregation is coming back at request of black people? 😂😂😂😂https://t.co/0b7TOHnVzl— KGB Agent #2016 (@its2016cmon) September 7, 2016
Jonathan Thomas, a participant in the program, told CBS Los Angeles that “right outside the hall, there’s people of every ethnicity around.”
“We’re all integrated,” Thomas said. “We all hang out together.”
Many students who spoke to CBS Los Angeles off-camera shared concerns about separating students by race. Though most seemed to agree that Halisi Scholars posed no real threat to campus life.
Among other things in the letter, the union demanded $20,000 per quarter allocated to the Black Student Union, black scholarships geared toward black students who are both athletes and non-athletes and more black students hired for on-campus, student assistant, work positions.