BELLINGHAM, WA – Western Washington University has recently won the award for most racist move disguised as “equity.”

The school has designated  their Alma Clark Glass Hall as “Black Affinity Housing,” also known as “blacks only,” also known as segregation.

The hall will hold 40 students and faculty members.

The school, proud of its blatant racism, said on the website that segregating the black people “will explore and celebrate the diversity of Black and African American people and culture, with historical and contemporary context.”

On a frequently asked questions section on the webpage, the University denies that the act of creating “black affinity” housing is not racist or segregation because people of other cultures are allowed to apply to live in the hall. I can only imagine the outrage if a white person applied to live in the hall to “explore and celebrate the diversity of Black and African American people and culture.”

“No,” the section reads. “WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race. No student is required to join the Black Affinity Housing community, and no student is excluded from joining it. The community welcomes all residents who are interested in exploring and celebrating the diversity of Black and African American people and culture, with historical and contemporary contexts.”

It’s not just housing that is getting segregation treatment, either. The description of the program says, “Residents in Black Affinity based housing are encouraged to participate in periodic community programming and dialogues intended to build community, promote learning, and support wellness centering the Black experience. Staff will organize opportunities for residents to attend Black-centered events and general university programs as a group.”

They’re not the only school to implement racist housing policies.

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American University in Washington, DC now designates its Roper Hall for black people and allegedly people who aren’t black but want to celebrate their blackness. “Black Affinity Housing provides an intentional residential community dedicated to celebrating, exploring, and affirming Black student experiences at American University and beyond,” their website says. “The live-in experience provides an educational foundation that encourages dialogue and community building that is mindful of the diverse social, cultural, and academic needs of Black students.”

Other schools like New York University, Stanford, and Cornell have made the same decisions. Their purpose, they say, is to make black students feel “comfortable” in “predominantly white institutions.”

Reportedly, black student union groups have asked for this type of housing on campus. I just don’t see how segregating students based on the color of their skin is supposed to foster a sense of unity and understanding between cultures. Isn’t this the type of thing so many fought so hard to get rid of?

This seems like it’s disguised as a way to make black people feel higher up than other races (ok, let’s be real- higher than white people), but as a white person, I just see this as super racist to the black people that are living in segregated dorms. It feels…icky. And incredibly Jim Crow-esque.

I’m really praying I don’t start seeing “blacks only” drinking fountains start popping up.

This piece was written by Leah Anaya on October 3, 2021. It originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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