Can you imagine that more affluent white students would be treated like this, with so little respect? Well, perhaps you can barely imagine it, but it is very unlikely. This disrespect is usually reserved for black people, which makes it racist.
The long lines have two sources. First, the students are not allowed into the book aisles to select their own books, as they would be able to do at almost any other university. Instead they hand their schedule to a clerk who selects their books for them.
Second, there aren’t enough clerks hired to do this work to avoid the disrespect of the long lines for students.
One bookstore employee told me the reason for not letting students select their own books is the small space in 102 BHS, but if that was an excuse six years ago, it is not an excuse now. Space needs to be found for a decent bookstore.
The last location of the bookstore had been in the old cafeteria space of the Robinson University Center, the old railroad building along 95th Street. That was also where there was a day care center open to the children of our students. Child care facilities have also been unavailable on campus now for many years.
Every university experiences problems, but in my experience only black students are so consistently subject to such disrespectful treatment. Why not call it racism? That’s what it is.