Slavery may have ended more than 150 years ago, but millennials at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are claiming that its legacy is responsible for low African-American enrollment.
Fox News reported on Friday that the Associated Students of Madison wrote a resolution that the white population from the suburbs were overrepresented in the student body. Furthermore, they stated that using SAT and ACT scores on applications emboldened white supremacy.
“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,” said the resolution’s author, ASM Student Council Rep. Tyriek Mack in a statement. “If no one challenges the university’s empty promises, then the racial composition will remain stagnant.”
Besides free education, the resolution also demanded free housing or fees for any black student.
ASM University said through their spokeswoman Meredith McGlone that they have done a very good job at being more inclusive noting that “students of color” population has grown from 11 to 15 percent over the last decade.
Other “students of color” were also upset by the resolution, because they felt that they should also be allowed reduced or free tuition simply because they were a minority.
“I wouldn’t appreciate if the school offered me free tuition just because I’m a minority,” said Chinese graduate student Yuhong Zhu. “We should at least have to work hard for it.”