California Faculty Association calls for ‘free tuition for all black, native, and indigenous students’

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The California Faculty Association just released a statement in response to the protests related to the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody back in May in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The organization included a list of demands for California State University that it says will provide “redress for systemic anti-Black racism in the CSU.”

In their statement, the CFA called on CSU to “provide free tuition for all Black, Native, and Indigenous students.” Citing statistics that show enrollment of these minority students has been on the decline, the group claimed that in order to increase the admissions of these “marginalized students,” the universities need to make efforts “to overturn Proposition 209, the ban on affirmative action.”

The CFA went on to claim that “racial pay equity” is necessary because the “workload is also higher for Black faculty given that CSU faculty are majority-white, and CSU students are majority of color resulting in ‘cultural taxation.’” They also alleged that research and studies that are conducted by Black faculty are “often not valued at the same level as other faculty.”

To “condemn white supremacy,” the CFA suggested that hiring and retention practices need to be reformed to mandate that “there be Black faculty available to serve as reviewers for Black faculty candidates.” They additionally demanded the introduction of “targeted hiring programs,” saying this is necessary “to promote and develop the scholarship and creative activity of Black faculty.”

The CFA wants to see California universities showing support for “communities blighted by systemic and institutional racism through the War[s] on Drugs from both the Nixon and Reagan administrations.” The group wants to see outreach programs made available to students affected by the criminal justice system, including “funding and fully staffing offices” as well as “dedicated study space.”

The group later included an attack on police, which they claim have “racist roots” that has resulted in “the dehumanization of Black people.” For this reason, the CFA says that college campuses should “not rely on police for safety” and that there should be a “full abolition of the police.”

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In the end, the CFA feels that universities need to show that “all Black lives matter” by continuing to work on “building on a radical and beautiful legacy of resistance.”

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