University of Texas

The University of Texas has a new Gender Equity Council which is tasked with — get this — researching and battling gender inequality!

It seems that proportionate representation is a big deal at UT, as the college employs almost 800 male professors, but only 230 female professors.

“Imbalance” of this sort is not a “good” thing, you see.

The Daily Texan reports:

The council, which consists of at least one faculty representative from each college or school at UT, met to discuss and advance gender equity efforts on campus. In 2013, the University employed 784 male full professors compared to 230 female full professors, according to data from the University’s Institutional Reporting, Research, and Information Systems.

Janet Dukerich, senior vice provost for faculty affairs and head of the council, said the 25 council members split up at the first meeting into three separate subcommittees to tackle different issues relating to gender inequality at UT: family and health, employment and climate.

This is not the first time the University has looked into the issue of gender inequality. In 2007, Steven Leslie, the executive vice president and provost at the time, established the Gender Equity Task Force to research faculty gender inequality issues on campus and provide recommendations for improvement. The task force published its findings in 2008 and cited promotional lags and salary gaps between male and female professors.

Hmm, I wonder if those “promotional lags and salary gaps” are anything akin to the mythical “women earn only ’77 cents to the dollar’ that a man makes”?

Committee member Hillary Hart, an engineering lecturer, said that “climate issues are harder to attack because the data is more qualitative and more anecdotal, so we’re trying to figure out how we’re going to do this.”

Of that I’m certain. If your university has a council devoted to gender equity, you can bet your bottom dollar it will find those (gender inequality) anecdotes!

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Speaking in the nigh comprehensible language of deconstuctivism, Professor Ben Carrington gave a speech last year stating that the “’white sports media complex’ works to further ‘white privilege’ even as it claims to be ‘post-racial.’”

What makes this talk most interesting is that Carrington was a formal adviser to the university for the hiring of its first black football coach earlier this year. The professor had stated that “the only way for the university to escape its segregationist past was to hire a highly-paid black head football coach.”

The speech, titled “The Global White Sports/Media Complex and the Politics of Sport: Towards a Critical Communications of Sport,” often “referenced Marxist and ‘neo-Marxist’ sources, and

also argued … that “you might think of the sports media complex then as having an important role, a role arguably more powerful than any other social institution, in the ideological transmission of ideas about race and, essentially, of normative whiteness.

“In short, the sports media complex has become the modality through which popular ideas about race are lived.”

Uh huh.

World Tribune.com continues:

“[Charlie Strong’s hiring] reminds them that the institution was a historically white institution. It reminds us of the facts of racial segregation and discrimination that took place at UT and its legacy into the present.”

Carrington then bluntly stated that the whole point of Strong’s hiring was in fact to emphasize race.

“It’s not surprising that [for] some white fans, even mentioning the fact that Charlie Strong is African-American is itself, they’ll argue, a form of racism,” Carrington said.

“That’s to get things backwards. It’s really to acknowledge the existence of race.”

In a more recent lecture on another prominent football school campus, the British-born Carrington detailed how he sees college and professional football as an instrument meant to bolster white racial projections.

On April 4, Carrington gave a guest lecture for the Michigan State University African American & African Studies Department titled, “Love and Fear: Thugs, Sports and the Great White Hope.”

“Taking the so-called ‘epic rant’ of NFL player Richard Sherman as a starting point, I show how the framing of his actions as ‘thuggish’ needs to be located within a longer history of white societal attempts to discipline and control black expressive behavior.

“The invention of the idea of ‘the black athlete’ at the start of the 20th century produces black athletes as both objects for homosocial desire and figures of hate and loathing.

The article notes that Carrington has a history of tweets “on which white people have been the subject of criticism.” For instance:


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OnIslam reports:

Created a year ago at the University of Texas, the U.S.’s first Muslim fraternity is gaining national attention as two chapters have been created at the University of California, San Diego and Cornell, and plans are being made to establish chapters at Pennsylvania, San Diego and the University of Florida. …

With this sense of brotherhood, the fraternity hopes to one day grant its members the networking opportunities that every other fraternity provides.

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A University of Texas law professor says we need to trash our nation’s founding document, and come up with a new, more modern constitution.

The Houston Press reports:

University of Texas law professor Sandy Levinson (he’s also a visiting professor at Harvard) is one of the most respected constitutional law scholars in the country, and, increasingly, one of the most iconoclastic. Levinson’s scholarly crusade been calling attention to the Constitution’s “hard-wired” features (e.g., the Senate, life tenure for Supreme Court justices, the difficulty of removing presidents) that he believes makes America fundamentally undemocratic. Levinson has come to the .conclusion that “the system just does not work anymore. The output fails. It’s not a government that can solve problems…”

Of course he’s “also” a visiting professor at Harvard. With such a blatant dislike of the constitution, we wouldn’t expect anything less.

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The University of Texas college student at the helm of the controversial and eventually cancelled “Catch An Illegal Immigrant” event has come under extreme fire, including death threats and accusations of being a “traitor to his race,” Clash Daily reports.

The event had been structured to reward students with $25 gift certificates for catching student-actors walking around campus adorned with “illegal immigrant” signs.

“I acknowledge that decision to include issuing $25 gift cards during the event was misguided and that the idea for the event was intentionally over-the-top in order to get attention for the subject,” Lorenzo Garcia, head of the UT-chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas, which organized the event, has stated. “It is a simple fact that illegal immigration is a concern in this country and that it is one we must face.”

Clash Daily reports the young man has now become a target.

Garcia is being painted by the ever-so-tolerant Left as a “promoter of hate” while they meanwhile call him an “Uncle Tom,” a “traitor to his race,” and make death threats against him, all for merely planning a role-playing exercise to provoke discussion about enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.

Garcia is having his young life and future virtually ruined, says someone close to him, who is concerned about Google searches of Lorenzo’s name producing results including “racist,” and “race traitor,” just because he intended to stage a mock play about immigration enforcement. …

The numerous media stories about the controversy mainly haven’t reported on the harassment and death threats Garcia has received; I (Donald Joy) had to learn about that part in an email from someone personally connected to Lorenzo. That person writes:

“I just cannot grasp how it is more hateful to believe that people should be legal citizens than it is to try and literally ruin a young college student’s life (a young hispanic college student – first in his family to go to college).

“Because his views aren’t the mainstream views of the hispanic community democrats are calling him a traitor to his race and telling him he is not allowed to have those beliefs.”

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Citing possible retaliation and safety concerns, the University of Texas chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas has canceled its plans to host a controversial “Catch An Illegal Immigrant” event, which was slated to take place today at the Austin-based college.

In a statement, the student group’s chairman, Lorenzo Garcia, said certain aspects of the event were misguided and intended to maximize attention, the Daily Texan reports.

The event had been structured to reward students with $25 gift certificates for catching student-actors walking around campus adorned with “illegal immigrant” signs.

“I acknowledge that decision to include issuing $25 gift cards during the event was misguided and that the idea for the event was intentionally over-the-top in order to get attention for the subject,” Garcia stated, according to the Daily Texan campus newspaper. “It is a simple fact that illegal immigration is a concern in this country and that it is one we must face.”

“Opponents of YCT have claimed that I am being used as a front man,” Garcia added. “I have been called an ‘Uncle Tom.’ I have received e-mails and comments via social media filled with obscenity. The reactions of some who claim that YCT is creating a demeaning or degrading environment on campus have been truly disgraceful.”

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