A few years ago, Rutgers University paid MTV’s drunken reality star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of Jersey Shore-fame $32,000 to talk to students about getting wasted and maintaining a fake tan.
This is the same university that is now protesting the selection of Condoleezza Rice – the first ever female, black U.S. Secretary of State – as a commencement speaker and honorary doctorate recipient?!
A faculty resolution recently passed at the New Jersey-based public institution says Rice condoned torture, such as waterboarding, and misled Americans about the reasons for invading Iraq; while the student newspaper The Daily Targum published a staff editorial calling the choice questionable and inappropriate. Some students and professors want her disinvited as a graduation speaker.
This has got leaders in the conservative black community angry and speaking out.
… noted civil rights era historian Juan Williams wrote: Liberals are shockingly quick to demean and dismiss brilliant black people like Rice, [noted surgeon Ben] Carson, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Professor Walter E. Williams and economist Thomas Sowell because they don’t fit into the role they have carved out for a black person in America. Black Americans must be obedient liberals of all things or risk being called a race traitor or Uncle Tom. …
Project 21 member Darryn “Dutch” Martin suggested … “Dr. Condoleezza Rice’s academic and professional accomplishments – as a college professor and a university provost, as well as being the nation’s first black female National Security Advisor and Secretary of State – are exemplary to say the least. … Apparently, a fame-hungry girl of questionable values from New Jersey with no real discernable marketable skills or formal education who spent several seasons on “Jersey Shore” carousing, getting drunk and having run-ins with the law isn’t quite as bad as serving under a conservative president.”