The university’s plan is to provide younger white male students with counseling, mentoring and other services in a setting that can help maximize their chances of academic success and cut down on the widespread drinking and drug use currently prevalent on campus.. Yet opposition persists — at least among certain leading civil rights advocates here and in Washington, D.C.
“It’s troublesome to me, and it’s troublesome to all of us who have fought to eliminate the barriers to equal opportunities in public,” said Danbury’s Samuel Hyman, a former member of the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. “It’s difficult to understand how I better myself through isolation.”Hines disagrees. “Segregation means forcing a group of people into a substandard environment, but we’re creating a separate but equal safe space for white boys to join an optimum learning environment.”
“I don’t know why the focus is on where they are living instead of what they are learning,” Hines said. “The real question we have to ask is, ‘Why are we having an issue with a group of white men, Jews included, who want to be together?”