Black and Outnumbered at UCLA

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A spoken word video made at UCLA has gone viral. With 12 black students behind him on the steps of a university building, third year student Sy Stokes provides facts and figures and recounts what it's like to be one of so few African Americans on a campus supposedly pledged to diversity. There are 25,000 undergraduates at UCLA. This year's freshman class includes just 75 African Americans. University officials declined to appear on our program, but a written statement says the video "eloquently and powerfully expresse[s] their frustration and disappointment."

 

 

Credits

Guests:
Brianna Atkins - UCLA Afrikan Student Union, Kevin Harbour - UCLA Black Alumni Association - @BlackBruinAlum, Richard Perez-Pena - New York Times - @perezpena

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Andrea Brody, Sonya Geis