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Dartmouth is the latest higher ed entity to engage in the groveling affair where academics lament the “lack of diversity” at their institution.

The Dartmouth gathering, hosted by the school’s chapter of the NAACP, “was held in an effort to increase the level of transparency of recruitment and retention processes and generate campus discussion on the nature of faculty diversity at the College.”

Vice President of Institutional Diversity and Equity Evelynn Ellis told the audience that “a lack of faculty diversity at a higher-education institution will not effectively prepare students for the diversity they will face in professional world.”

The Dartmouth reports:

“I think the general student body needs to get more interested in this,” Ellis said.

According to the 2014 Dartmouth College Fact Book, 82 percent of College faculty members are white, while two percent are black or African American, five percent are Asian, five percent are Hispanic or Latino, three percent are international and one percent is American Indian/Alaska Native. Fifty-nine percent of faculty members are male and 41 percent are female.

Dartmouth NAACP chapter president Kevin Gillespie ’15 said that a “mass exodus” of faculty of color has occurred in the past few years, a sentiment echoed by panelists. English professor Aimee Bahng, one of the panelists, noted that the African and African American studies program recently lost its chair.

Gillespie commented that the organizing committee aimed to feature professors from a wide array of departments, as well as administrative staff, all of whom are committed to increasing diversity and support for underrepresented groups on campus.

The article continues with the usual litany of complaints and concerns that virtually every university offers up about (lack of) diversity, but also features — as references to the subject inevitably do — the Catch-22:

Tramon McZeal Jr. ’16, who was featured in the video, said, “I know that some of my most valuable experiences with professors have been [with] professors that look like me, professors that talk like me, professors that act like me.”

Did Mr. McZeal not hear Ms. Ellis’ words above? Students need to be exposed to different faces and voices in order to succeed beyond college. How could (some of) his most valuable experiences be those which occurred with educators … from a similar background?

Perhaps McZeal’s comfort level would be higher at a Historically Black College (HBC) feeling as he does. On second thought, then he would be surrounded by folks who look like him — he wouldn’t benefit from diversity!

Make sense yet?

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Just chalk up William & Mary as yet another college establishing a task force to “examine” race on its campus.

President Taylor Reveley wrote in an email addressed to students that “The task force will identify issues related to race relations on campus, engage them on their merits, and encourage meaningful conversation among people with different perspectives, so we can learn from one another and ensure we are a university where everyone is welcome and respected.”

Specific details are lacking, however, according to The Virginia Informer:

Other than this brief statement, the administration has been slow to respond to any questions regarding the Task Force.

Despite the lack of details yet to be announced, students interviewed by the Informer responded positively to the Task Force. Some hope that the Task Force will help educate the community to be more aware of racial insensitivity.

“Oftentimes, acts of racism aren’t understood as racist by the people performing such acts. People can be ‘good’ people but still perpetuate and be racist,” said Pallavi Rudraraju, member of Lambda Alliance and the Asian American Student Initiative, “I think the task force will be great in educating people on racism and how to avoid being racist.”

Oh, I’m sure it will be “great,” Pallavi — for those who like to find “racism” in every campus nook and cranny.

William & Mary NAACP co-president Alexis Foxworth said “I think it is a necessary step to move forward and a forum where all voices, even maverick voices, can be honored and inclusion manifested.”

Unfortunately, history has shown that real “maverick voices” on matters of race at colleges are not permitted.

When you hear terms like “real conversations” and “difficult (racial) topics,” they typically refer to stuff like this.

In other words: One side talks, the other side listens … and accepts.

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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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