I am writing to applaud the University’s decision to provide more funding to BSAI weekends. Thanks to the true champions of equality at the Black Student Alliance, this university is finally on its way to achieving some level of racial justice. The only problem is that it just isn’t enough. How can $20,000 adequately fund events for one weekend a year? More money is needed because BSAI weekends are something that can be enjoyed by students of every race and culture. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate black culture, even though it’s based on having a certain skin color? A more open mind can think of it as a celebration of a culture with origins in a continent that most of us are afraid to go to.
Still, there’s one more issue. This is all in the name of equality. If BSAI weekends and the BSA are receiving increased funding, so should every racially-based cultural group on campus. And since white students, for some reason, don’t want a group to celebrate having the same skin color, all the money that would go to such a group should just be divided equally between white students. Maybe that will stop them from complaining about the false notion of self-segregation.
Tommy Saunders, Trinity ’12