Black Students at UCLA Protest Low Level of Minority Admissions

Among graduates of California high schools, only 2 percent of all students admitted to the University of California at Los Angeles for this fall’s entering class are black. UCLA was one of three campuses of the University of California where admissions of underrepresented minorities declined from a year ago.

In response to the admissions statistics, black students at UCLA held a protest on campus. The protesters wore black, mourning for their African-American peers who were rejected for admission. Many wore paper bags over their heads to symbolize the lack of diversity on the UCLA campus.

UCLA is barred by state law from considering race in its admissions decisions.