- The Washington Times - Monday, July 18, 2016

Some black student-athletes at the University of Colorado equate their situations to slavery, according to university Chancellor Phil DiStefano.

In a meeting with CU’s Board of Regents on Wednesday, Mr. DiStefano said some black student-athletes believe their contributions on the playing field only benefit those around them, including white female athletes who play golf or tennis, the Daily Camera reported.

Citing a campus climate survey that shows black athletes do not feel valued or supported on campus, Mr. DiStefano said some students call the Dal Ward Athletic Center, the university’s training facility, “The Plantation.”

“[The staff members] said that even though black football players and men’s basketball players are getting a free education and a free ride, everything they do pays for the young white female playing tennis or on the golf team or track and field,” Mr. DiStefano said. “He said they talk about being part of ‘The Plantation,’ that their sweat and tears are really for other people, not for them.”

“Whether we agree, disagree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, it’s how they feel,” he said. “To me, in all my years, it’s the first time I’d heard that. And it just sticks with me, and I’m thinking, ‘We gotta change something.’ “

The chancellor’s remarks came as a part of a lengthy discussion with other university administrators, who asked whether white student-athletes feel the same way and how unconscious racial bias could be perpetuating inequality on campus.

Others asked whether Title IX, which bars sex discrimination in education and has created parity in funding for men’s and women’s athletics, was a factor.

The Dal Ward Athletic Center is a 92,000-square-foot complex that includes computer and academic centers, weight training rooms, a full-service kitchen and dining area, an auditorium, locker rooms and lounges.

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