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Ghettos Be Gone

The Boston Globe reports :

At the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, students have nicknames for their residence halls. The Northeast cluster is ”Chinatown,” a reference to its large Asian population. Southwest is dubbed the ”Projects,” a reference, offensive to some, to its concentration of African-American students.
This pronounced division by race and ethnicity is a function of student choice but also university policy, which designates some residence hall floors for minority students as a means of providing comfort and comradeship on an overwhelmingly white campus.
Now, in a major shift, administration officials are seeking to eliminate self-segregated living quarters, the latest and perhaps most delicate effort by UMass-Amherst to phase out separate programs for minorities.

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