USC’s Black House proposal raises questions about racial tensions
When some USC student government leaders voiced support for creating a cultural house for black students, Ama Amoafo-Yeboah thought that she and other undergraduates were closer to having a space where they could hang out and hold events.
But before a vote was held, word spread that the house could be located on the Row, USC’s two-block stretch of fraternities and sororities near 28th and Figueroa streets. Social media lit up.
“Why would they open a prison on the Row?” one user asked on Yik Yak, a popular social media app that allows anonymous comments from users within a 1.5-mile radius.
Of USC’s nearly 19,000 undergraduates, about 720 — or 4% — are black, according to the school. Some black students report feeling isolated, saying they are often the only African American in their classrooms.
Meanwhile, we found out a few days ago that a lot of HBCUs are on the rocks.
There’s an easy solution here.
Business major Skylar Dunn, who is working to get funders for the Black House, said he transferred from historically black Tennessee State University because he felt he would have more opportunities at USC. However, he said, he sometimes misses being part of mainstream campus life.
Okay then, put a plug in it.
It’s a truism of engineering: When you dial up the sensitivity, you increase the number of false alarms.