'Racism' Blamed for High College Costs; Like Southerners Draining Public Swimming Pools

By Susan Jones | September 5, 2016 | 9:55am EDT
Heather McGhee, president of Demos, a progressive think tank and MoveOn ally, has produced a short video "to tell this story of how racism contributes to the high cost of college and what we can do about it." (Photo of McGhee is still image from video)

(CNSNews.com) - A liberal advocacy group is promoting the idea that the high cost of college is the result of "racism."

Writing to fellow MoveOn.org members on Sept. 3, Heather McGhee, the president of a "progressive" think tank, asks, "What if I told you that one of the main reasons that college costs are so high for everyone -- plunging students into decades of debt -- is racism?"

She notes that in the 1970s, public colleges such as UCLA were affordable -- until states started cutting spending, forcing students to make up the gap with loans.

"Why did this happen?" she asks. "Racism. Or more specifically -- racism used as a political weapon to undermine the very idea of supporting anything public that might include people of color.

"It's like when Southern towns preferred to drain their public swimming pools after courts ordered them integrated. But in this case, the public pool was the affordable college system that used to be the envy of the world -- yet another example of how when racism wins, we all lose."

McGhee says the nation "can afford to reinvest in our state college system and rebuild the pathways to the middle class for the largest, most diverse generation in American history."

She is urging her fellow liberals to "fight the racism in our politics."

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