Wrt black students getting free room and board... I just don't have an answer for that.
The UW demand from the black student group was not only for free room and board. It was for 100% free college for all black people regardless of academic performance, family financial situation, etc.
There are already all kinds of grants, scholarships and other programs to provide funding for blacks and other minorities who attend college. Keep in mind that the this is over and above the ‘normal’ financial aid grants, student loans and scholarships available for all students. So.. there is already more money out there for non-white students then there is for blacks and other minorities.
An important question to ask is why is it that the rate of blacks entering college is so low when blacks have more financial aid available to them than whites, when universities have quotas in which they try to keep the level of black/minority students up to at least the percentage they are in the population. Why are blacks self-selecting to not attend college/university?
When my ex was in med school, he had to pay every dine of his tuition, fees and living expenses. He has a Hispanic classmate who had 100% coverage for all of that… to include a stipend for spending. His Hispanic guy is the son of a Neuro Surgeon. He’s from a filthy rich family. He got a free ride. My husband could not get a penny because he’s “white”. He came from a dirt poor family that immigrated to the USA legally with the clothing on their backs. He’s a first generation American. His family could easily pass for Middle Eastern because of complexion, etc. But he is considered “white” because of his Italian last name. So he could not get a dime.
My son is adopted. He’s half Mexican and half Irish. He looks “white”: 6’4”, med brown hair, blue eyes and light skin. If he uses his legal last name, which is very Italian. If he would just use the name of his birth mother, or at least claim his 50% Mexican background, he could get a free ride through college.
IMHO, it’s ridiculous to give financial aid to a person based on race alone. There are actually a lot of black people who earn more than the average white person. Those black parents should have to pay for their child’s college education just like I had to pay for my son’s education. Now poor white and black people should of course take advantage of the financial aid that is available and race should not be part of that equation. They should be treated equally.
I heard that Johns Hopkins University has promised free room and board to any Baltimore city public school grad who is admitted. I do not know how many students have taken advantage of that.
I looked this up. John Hopkins has a policy of meeting the financial need of students based on the student’s FAFSA application and the determined financial need. That means that if the student’s parents are expected to pay whatever FAFSA determines they should pay. After that the university says that they will work with the student to get the remaining funds for their education using a mix of Pell Grants, student loans, scholarships and other sources of money.
Now John Hopkins does have what they call the Baltimore Scholars Program. It’s a scholarship offered to students from Baltimore schools who are high scholastic achievers.
I could not find anything like what you are saying: that JH is offering free room and board to all Baltimore students. http://finaid.johnshopkins.edu/image...S_Brochure.pdf
1These are sticky issues because how is it fair that black urban poor get free tuition but white urban poor don't. I don't have the answers on how to make everything fair for everyone.
That’s right. It’s not fair. And its anti-equal treatment under the law.
But as @john117
points out, the bulk of the economic power in this country is owned and operated by white people and maybe the free tuition is a way to make that statistic more balanced.
Of course the bulk of the economic power in this country is held/operated by white people. White people make up the majority of this country.
Further, the bulk of the economic power in this country is held/operated by the top 5% of the population.
Our country is about 12% black (in population). Even if 12% of college educated people in the USA were black, the bulk of college educated people in the USA would be white because whites are the majority.
Even if 12% of those who controlled the economics and/or were super wealthy people in the USA were black, the bulk of the super wealthy would be white because whites are the majority.
What we need to be asking ourselves is why is it that such a small percentage of blacks decided to go to college when just about any black person can get a lot of their education covered by the grants and scholarships that already exist? Why do so few go when they have equal rights in entering college? That is where the attention needs to be, figuring this out and putting the effort into getting young blacks to even want to go to college.