UW student government demands free tuition for black students

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s student government arm is demanding free tuition for black students.

The Associated Students Of Madison adopted a resolution Wednesday evening saying that blacks were legally barred from education during slavery and UW-Madison remains out of reach for students of color. The resolution demands reparations in the form of free access to the university for all black people, including former inmates.

Members of ASM said a proposal under Gov. Scott Walker that allows students to opt out of paying certain student fees will negatively affect minority groups on campus.

“Those fees right now fund a lot of organizations and services that help these historically marginalized groups of students,” ASM spokesperson Jason Klein said.

UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas says university officials are reviewing the resolution and had no immediate comment. University spokeswoman Meredith Mcglone noted that the proportion of students of color at UW-Madison has grown from 11 percent to 15 percent over the last decade.

State lawmakers set tuition rates. Spokespeople for the leaders of the Legislature’s budget-writing committee didn’t immediately respond to a message.