At Protestors' Insistence, College Sets Up 'Reparations Fund' to Pay for Black Students' Books and Therapy

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If you’re black or American Indian and considering taking courses at Bryn Mawr College, your scales for pros and cons may be in for a tilt.

The school’s reportedly set to provide funds for books — and even therapy — if you fit either of the two identity groups.

The reason? Call it a “reparations fund;” its proponents do.

As relayed by The College Fix, last year, students organized a “racial justice strike.”

From the Fix:

The students’ demand called for “the implementation of a ‘reparations fund’ towards a yearly allocation of funds and resources to Black and Indigenous students in the form of grants for summer programs, affinity groups, multicultural spaces, and individual expenses such as books, online courses, therapy, and any and all financial need beyond the scope of racial justice work.”

Those in charge were won over — administrators renamed the Dean’s Emergency Fund the “Dean’s Student Assistance Fund.” They then doubled its allocation to a whopping 10,000 bucks and appointed that greatest of all things: a committee.

Said oversight group, per the Fix, “includes representation of black, indigenous, and people of color staff and faculty, to administer the fund.”

Purportedly, the institution posted a related spreadsheet on its “Commitments to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism.”

As I previously covered “anti-racism” condemns racist microaggressions such as the following:

  • “All lives matter.”
  • “I’m colorblind; I don’t care if you’re white, black, yellow, green or purple.”

The spreadsheet lays out how Bryn Mawr will meet — count ’em — 15 of the activists’ demands.

And to keep it honest, the liberal arts school will “publicly release spending reports of this fund at the end of each semester” as well as “appoint (a) committee to administer (the) Student Assistance Fund that includes representation from [black, American Indian, and nonwhite] staff/faculty from (a) range of departments [and] post members on website.”

To be clear, the students’ demands followed the tragic fatal shooting of Philadelphia man Walter Wallace, Jr., who had brandished a blade at officers (see the harrowing video at your own discretion here).

The Bryn Mawr Strike Collective claimed the school’s nonwhite customers “have experienced similar historical anti-black violence, institutional racism, silencing, and instances of white supremacy.”

Hence, the protesting pupils held sit-ins and refused to go to class.

Also among their demands: the immediate name-scrubbing of feminist M. Cary Thomas (January 2, 1857 – December 2, 1935) — the college’s 2nd president, who allegedly espoused anti-Semitic and racist views — from a library.

Another stipulation: 75 Grand for “independent research on critical race theory.”

Here’s more from The Daily Wire:

The activists also claimed the school was committing “violence” of some kind against disabled students and those with mental health issues, demanding Bryn Mawr invest $500,000 in “wellness and health services.” The school agreed to use a “transformative justice framework to change College protocols involving mental health crises.” The school also agreed to use the reparations fund to “make financial assistance for co-pays available” for students of color.

The students also made demands on behalf of students in the country illegally, including the hiring of a new dean specifically for those students.

The school removed Cary’s name from the library and coughed up $75,000 for a “memorial” to be coordinated with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Project.

No word on the critical race theory stuff, but you’ve got to hand it to ’em: Today’s activists really know how to get things handed to ’em.

And now, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, it’ll come in handy for American Indian and black education-eager entrants.

-ALEX

 

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