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Several Delaware legislators and the state’s NAACP are putting the University of Delaware on the hot seat because of its “lack of diversity.”

Delaware NAACP President Richard Smith said his group is “outraged by a ‘serious systemic problem regarding diversity'” in a letter sent to UD President Patrick Harker.

UD’s black population is just over five percent. The school has seen a drop in black enrollment of half a percent over the last decade.

The News Journal reports:

“For students, it’s easier to warm up to the college environment socially and academically if you see faces that look like yours,” said Julian Jackson, 20, a University of Delaware sophomore from Philadelphia, who is black. “It can be hard to approach people. It can be hard to ask for help if you feel like a sore thumb, if you’re ostracized because of your skin color.”

Harker responded to diversity concerns Monday during a General Assembly budget hearing at Legislative Hall.

Committee members had also received a letter from Newark branch of the NAACP on Sunday that highlighted the “lack of racial diversity” on the university’s campus.

Sen. Harris McDowell, a Wilmington Democrat and co-chair of the budget committee, said the university’s record on diversity is “disappointing.”

“The data is very discouraging,” McDowell said.

Budget committee member Rep. James “J.J.” Johnson, a New Castle Democrat, said the university must work harder to close the racial gap.

“They should be reaching out to the minority communities in the state,” Johnson said.

UD junior Jasmine Anthony, who’s working to re-start the school’s NAACP chapter, says that the college “should admit more minority students, offer additional financial aid targeted toward minorities and mandate through coursework that students work together with students of different races and ethnic backgrounds.”

Ah yes, yet another mandate to ensure the “right” kind of thinking.

Interestingly, no one seems concerned about the “lack of diversity” at nearby Delaware State University. An historically black institution, DSU is 72 percent African American and only 11 percent white.

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Claims of new findings and accusations of bias abound

The closed case against officer Darren Wilson took on new life this week, with legal scholars arguing there is enough evidence to appoint a special prosecutor and convene a new grand jury to probe the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Richard Kuhns, professor of law emeritus at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis who is described as an “expert on evidence and criminal procedure” on his faculty profile, said he believes the grand jurors that heard the case had a “pro-police bias” that should have disqualified them from presiding over the probe.

Kuhns detailed his views in an op-ed in The St. Louis American recently, and reiterated them in an email this week to The College Fix.

“There is even more reason now for a special prosecutor and new grand jury than there was when I wrote about the Wilson grand jury’s pro-police bias,” Kuhns said in his email. “[St. Louis County Prosecutor] Robert McCulloch has recently admitted that he knowingly presented perjured testimony to the grand jury – the testimony of the woman with acknowledged memory problems who implausibly claimed to have been at the scene and to have seen Michael Brown rush toward Officer Wilson.”

The professor’s comments come as pressure grows on Missouri leaders to appoint a special prosecutor, something of a rallying cry in the region and across the nation.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund sent an open letter to St. Louis County Circuit Judge Maura McShane this week that alleges McCulloch engaged in misconduct and that the “grand jury process relating to Darren Wilson’s deadly actions was fatally compromised.”

petition on MoveOn.org also calls for a special prosecutor to be appointed. It had nearly 120,000 signatures as of Jan. 6.

Also earlier this week, a Ferguson grand juror made national headlines for suing McCulloch. That person, identified as “Grand Juror Doe,” seeks to lift a gag order that prohibits the juror from talking about their experiences adjudicating the Michael Brown case.

“In the suit, the juror contends that ‘the investigation of Wilson had a stronger focus on the victim (Brown) than in other cases presented to the grand jury,’” reports USA Today. “The juror also states in the lawsuit that explanation of the law was made in a ‘muddled and untimely manner’ compared with other cases that were presented to the grand jurors, who began their service in May.”

Wilson shot the unarmed Brown, 18, at least six times after a confrontation in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Aug. 9. Wilson told the grand jury Brown attacked him and he feared for his life.

The grand jury’s decision to find officer Wilson innocent of wrongdoing sparked massive protests across the nation, including at many campuses, and has led to a tense and ongoing debate on race relations and police brutality in America.

Criticism of McCulloch’s job performance handling the grand jury probe has yet to abate.

“Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, faced criticism for declining to replace McCulloch, whose police officer father was fatally shot in the line of duty, with a special prosecutor to oversee the case,” USA Today reports. “Some activists have also charged that McCulloch presented evidence in a way to ensure that the jury would not return an indictment.”

Kuhns said he agrees with that assessment.

In his mid-December op-ed, he argued that “transcripts released by McCulloch’s office demonstrate that his prosecutors contributed to a likely pro-police bias by the manner in which they questioned witnesses. In contrast to their treatment of some witnesses whose stories the prosecutors vigorously challenged, the prosecutors were extremely deferential to police officers, including Darren Wilson.”

Kuhns told The Fix he believes a special prosecutor should question potential jurors about police bias and excuse any members that might exhibit such bias.

“Since McCulloch was unwilling to have his office seek an indictment, the pro-police bias issue could have been substantially mitigated by the appointment of a special prosecutor and a new grand jury to hear the Wilson case,” the professor wrote in his op-ed. “Those options still remain. It is important to restore both fairness and the appearance of fairness to the grand jury process. It is time to act.”

College Fix reporter Nathan Rubbelke is a student at Saint Louis University.

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It’s debatable whether a sex doll of any ethnicity should be in a Christmas photo, but Phi Delta Theta is in trouble for using a “dark-skinned” one in their Christmas card.

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports that the frat president has already apologized for the photo, posted to the frat’s Facebook page, and explaining to the “African Diaspora” campus group UMOJA that “the doll was a Beyoncé sex toy originally meant as a gag gift at the group’s Secret Santa event.”

Because Ferguson just happened, this is terribly offensive, the NAACP Penn chapter president said, and her reaction was mild compared to another group of activists:

“The inclusion of a racially and sexually charged object in such a flagrant fashion displays a serious and immediate need for repercussions that reflect the severity of this misogynistic, racist offense,” a joint statement issued by the 5B — the five umbrella coalitions for minority groups on campus — and the Penn Consortium for Undergraduate Women said. “We—UMOJA, APSC, UMC, Latin@ Coalition, Lambda Alliance, and PCUW—firmly believe that when an event like this marginalizes one of our communities, it marginalizes us all.”

“What particularly concerns us is how flippant this deeply misogynistic and racist choice seems to have been,” an addendum from the PCUW read.

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Like many campus activists responding to claimed misogyny, these groups have a complete agenda for redress:

UMOJA specifically called for the chapter to be fined and its rush activities to be suspended until “a council of peers deem it acceptable to resume activity after and instituted education process.” Further, the group urged the Office of Student Affairs/Fraternity and Sorority Life to enforce “mandatory cultural competency courses for all members to resume activity…” and for the fraternity’s national organization to be notified.

So remember, Greeks… keep your sex dolls Caucasian.

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OPINION

Since 1973, abortion has killed more African Americans than any other cause – including health- and homicide-related deaths – a sad fact that remains truer than ever.

Headlines in just the last two months have declared: “In Georgia, 53.6 Percent of Babies Aborted Are Black,” “In Mississippi, 72 Percent of the Babies Aborted Are Black,” and “More Black Babies Die in Abortions in New York City Than Given Birth.”

The latter headline refers to a New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene report which found that out of 73,815 abortions total that year, nearly 32,000 were by black women.

This number accounted for 42.4 percent – nearly half – of New York’s overall abortion rate, a figure that becomes even more alarming when you consider African Americans make up less than 15 percent of New York City’s population.AbortionKills

The tragic irony here is that New York happens to be the birthplace of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger.

Sanger, contrary to many of the whitewashed biographies, was a eugenicist who wished to exterminate those whom she deemed unfit, which were African Americans and the poor. Sanger has referred to the black population as human weeds, and affiliated herself with organizations like the Ku Klux Klan.

Her zeal for birth control is still lauded by women today, yet her emphasis on family planning was simply a guise to sterilize certain groups of women to control and “cleanse” the population. There’s nothing admirable or celebratory about that.

Sadly, there won’t be any indignation from black leaders like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson regarding New York’s latest statistic.

The NAACP and the National Urban League will not only be silent too, but they will continue to do exactly what Sanger wanted: convince the black community that abortion is a safe and moral right that they should support.

These organizations have no qualms with letting Planned Parenthood sponsor them and promote their culture of death. They’ve linked arms with the pro-choice agenda despite its detriment to the black community. The morally incongruous relationship between organizations dedicated to the advancement and betterment of African Americans and Planned Parenthood is like oil and water.

When it comes to abortion, organizations like the NAACP will proudly say they’re pro-choice, unwilling to acknowledge the disproportionate rate at which black babies are killed. In fact, if you bring it to their attention like Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation did last year, they might try to sue you. 

When it comes to many prominent black organizations like the Congressional Black Caucus, the liberal platform prevails over what will actually help the black community. The cause of utmost importance – the preservation of life – becomes lost, and the black community suffers as a result.

And despite Planned Parenthood’s less than virtuous beginnings, historically black colleges haven’t stopped the progressive organization and others, such as NARAL, from infiltrating their campuses and preaching pro-choice messages that champion a woman’s ability to make her own decisions as if that is all abortion is.

Not only do abortion clinics often target minority and low-income neighborhoods, but 75 percent of abortion clinics are within walking distance of a college campus.blackabortions

I could cite more statistics, but the message will probably still be lost on those who would consider this reproductive justice.

It’s appalling how many organizations that once fought to uphold the life and dignity of every black American has sold out to Sanger’s insidious vision. What’s more, black women such as pro-life activist Dr. Alveda King, who recently spoke at Yale University, are disregarded because she speaks out against abortion and refuses to toe the liberal line.

New York has been viewed as a pro-choice haven for abortion supporters since Roe V. Wade. After all, one of Planned Parenthood’s national offices is located there, not to mention a clinic that is actually named after Margaret Sanger.

And now, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who intolerantly told pro-lifers they don’t belong in his city, pushed for even more abortion access in New York last month with The Women’s Equality Act, a 10-point bill that allows for late-term abortions, which 80 percent of New Yorkers oppose.

As more abortion legislature continues to pass, I have no doubt that unborn black babies will continue to bear the brunt.

College Fix contributor Crystal Hill is a student at Indiana University.

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DURHAM – An observance at Duke University on Sunday meant to honor Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. ended up as a platform to bash North Carolina Republicans and their reform policies.

The event, held inside a chapel at Duke University, began with Duke student and president of the campus Black Student Alliance Marcus Benning citing Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” to criticize the Republican-controlled state Assembly.

“I know why the caged bird sings,” he said. “Because when institutions like the one in Raleigh put up restrictive laws, we begin to sing and fight back.”

Benning’s remarks were in reference to the state’s “Moral Monday” movement, large and disruptive civil disobedience demonstrations at the statehouse, where liberal activists decried the Republican-held majority and its approval of issues such as voter-ID laws and fiscal responsibility on public education.

Benning, during his comments, lamented that new abortion laws impeded social progress, and claimed that needed social reforms include: more Planned Parenthoods, repealing voter ID laws, and special rights for undocumented college students.

Next up was Benjamin Jealous, the NAACP’s outgoing national president, who tried to insult Republican Governor Pat McCrory by comparing him to Kirk Fordice, who was famously sued for his plan to close Historically Black Colleges and turn one into a prison.

Jealous went on to suggest Republican-led reforms in North Carolina are the equivalent to why the Civil Rights movement was launched, saying conservative politicians have hijacked the state.

“This state has put the struggle on the map,” he said. “I hope that you go the march on the 8th. (The) session starts again. The reality is there’s already a silent majority in this state that believes in justice and believes in rights and believes what’s happening is (Republicans are) taking us back when we need to go forward.”

The speech, which drew a crowd of about 1,000, was filled with leaders in the Duke and Durham community who cheered and clapped in agreement throughout the entire event. Notable guests included Duke President Richard Brodhead; Kevin Sowers, president of the Duke University Hospitals; and many locally elected officials.

Jealous, in his speech, also touched on his involvement in civil rights efforts, including his fight against the closing of Historically Black Colleges in Mississippi and his involvement with Amnesty International, which works to end the death penalty.

“You can’t be pro-life and pro-death,” he said. “We like to form these coalitions to end the death penalty. By finding these types of coalitions, like the ones we see in this state, we can affect change.”

College Fix contributor Ben Smith is a student at UNC Chapel Hill.

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OPINION

CHAPEL HILL – Abortion safety laws make it “more dangerous for the black woman’s body.” Republican lawmakers “want kids to die.” Conservatives “are trying to take the U.S. hostage” and hope to “destroy our public school system.”

That’s just a sample of some of the vitriol spewed Thursday night at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, which played host to a meeting of Scholars’ for North Carolina’s Future, a group of secular-progressive college professors who have helped lead, along with the NAACP and AFL-CIO, weekly “Moral Monday” protests at the state capitol over the last several months.

The Moral Monday movement is a massive and disruptive weekly civil disobedience demonstration, and it has become somewhat of a spectacle in North Carolina, with liberal activists using it as a platform to rally against the Republican-held majority in the General Assembly and its approval of issues such as voter-ID laws and fiscal responsibility on public education.

The panel was billed around campus as a chance to learn what Moral Mondays are really all about, and see how they “fit in with past social movements.” Before the panel at the Global Education Center at UNC Chapel Hill began, many in the audience of about 165 people discussed their experiences during protests at the Raleigh statehouse.

Several openly bragged about their arrests, fights with cops, and the help with legal entanglements they’ve received from the NAACP. More than 900 arrests have occurred since the protests launched in April. As the audience – a mostly white, elderly group – waited for the meeting to begin, they also talked with impassioned contempt about conservatives. About a dozen students attended the event, which was heavily publicized in the Gender Studies and Journalism departments.

The lack of minorities in the audience, less than 10, was astonishing for a group so entwined with the Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP. Jesse White, former director of UNC’s Office of Economic and Business Development and an adjunct government professor, began the meeting by asking those who had attended a Moral Monday to stand. Almost 75 percent of the crowd stood.

He then asked all to be seated except those who have been arrested at a Moral Monday. About a dozen remained standing, none of them students. As he continued, he called the movement “inspiring” and Republican state legislators regressive.

The first panelist on tap was UNC sociology Professor Andy Andrews, who has authored a book on the Mississippi civil rights struggle. Andrews on Thursday praised the size and energy of the Moral Monday movement, but warned if it’s not pushed, it would die. He said organizing a social movement of such magnitude was difficult, despite its support from the AFL-CIO and Teamster Unions, which have helped advertise and coordinate protests.

The next panelist up was Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, a noted history professor at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Hall began her remarks by reminding everyone that she, too, had been arrested, to thunderous applause. She went on to discuss the role that women have played in the Moral Monday protests, claiming that the legislature, through what she described as a draconian abortion bill, was “making it more dangerous for the black woman’s body.”

It was a reference to a law passed over the summer that mandates safety measures among abortion providers, such as calling on them to meet the same standards as surgical centers. Apparently the distinguished history professor has not fully read up on Planned Parenthood – a major supporter of Moral Mondays – or surely she would know the group’s founder, Margaret Sanger, promoted eugenics and has said “birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.”

The next panelist to speak was Dr. Charles van der Horst, a communicable diseases specialist who works for UNC Hospital and is a professor of medicine at UNC. He too was an arrestee who received much applause. The doctor, pictured here with President Obama, claimed Republicans are waging a war on the working class by denying benefits under Obamacare.

“Imagine a city,” he said, “where there are half a million people. How many must die of strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, HIV, AIDS before the (assembly) let us have our federal money?”

“They (the assembly) are fiscally nutty. They cut down the poverty rate for receiving benefits … They want kids to die, and they are harming my patients. That is why I got arrested.”

Another of his points? “The people in the legislature are so regressive. They are trying to push us back to the tribalism we see in modern-day Africa.”

Next came Willie Jennings, a Duke Divinity School associate professor of theology and black church studies, who addressed Moral Monday protesters who’ve made a choice to be arrested. He recalled the words of Dr. Martin Luther King and called that a “liturgical choice,” and said it was in itself a “symbol of freedom.”

However, police have arrested demonstrators because they trespass into roped-off areas of the statehouse. Instead of taking their complaints to lawmakers the old fashioned way, they storm the rotunda.

Lastly, and almost frothing at the mouth, came Nancy MacLean, a prominent U.S. historian and an arts and sciences professor at Duke University, where she teaches courses on the United States since 1945, the American social movement, and public policy history.

By this point in the program, it had become an all-out assault on so-called “right-wing nut jobs.” MacLean said the “right-wing” was more interested in “private property rights” than the “collective good of the state.”

She went on to argue the destruction of North Carolina occurred when “Cato, ALEC, the Koch Brothers, Milton Friedman, Art Pope and his right-wing Civitas group, along with racial conservatives in the south and economic libertarians in the north, came to together to destroy our public school system.” She then railed against the “free market system” they support, prompting laughter from the crowd.

“The Republicans in Washington are trying to take the U.S. hostage,” she said. “They don’t share our moral system, they are trying to impede government because without government we cannot move forward.”

After listening to this for an hour, it became clear to me that the panelists were all pro-Moral Mondays. The event was not a discussion, but a diatribe against a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”

What did I take away from this? That every conservative in North Carolina is a racist baby-killer, hell-bent on destroying public schools. That, and the fact that Moral Mondays should be renamed Moron Mondays.

Fix contributor Ben Smith is a student at UNC Chapel Hill.

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