By Dan Perkins
According to Howard Kurtz in a 2005 Washington Post article, "72 percent of those teaching at American universities and colleges are liberal, and 15 percent are conservative.” Yet, just eleven years later in the Washington Times, another DC paper, Bradford Richardson on Thursday, October 6, 2016, reported liberal professors outnumbered conservatives nearly 12 to 1, more than a double increase.
If liberal professors control the colleges, why are they supporting segregation? With Brown vs. Board of Education, the US Supreme Court struck down Separate but Equal in American education. What is the truth about the Democratic Party and their role in segregation, both in the 1860s and the 1960s?
“Before Charlottesville, Democrats voted for racist policies for more than 100 years,” a direct quote by Jennifer Kerns of the Washington Examiner, August 18, 2017. In her article she sites the voting records on segregation from the 1860s to the 1960s. Here are a few of her examples from the Reconstruction period:
“Democrats voted to keep Africans Americans in slavery, opposing the 13th Amendment which officially freed the slaves.”
“Republicans also passed the 14th Amendment, which granted slaves U.S. citizenship; Democrats voted against it.”
“Republicans also passed the 15th Amendment, which gave slaves the right to vote. Not a single one of the 56 Democrats in Congress voted for it.”
That was then. How about in more recent times? In 1964 Jim Holt of Gateway Pundit quoted Senator Evert McKinley Dirksen (R-IL), the Republican majority leader in the U.S. Senate, as condemning the Democrats’ 57-day filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Among the Democrats opposing civil rights for African-Americans was Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV). Byrd, who originally was a recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan, spoke against the bill for fourteen straight hours. Robert Byrd was called by Democrats at the time, “the conscience of the Senate.” Senator Dirksen called on Democrats to accept racial equality and end their filibuster.
Switching back to education, why is it that the liberal Democrats, politically in charge of the vast majority of higher education in America, want to go back to segregation? An equally important unanswered question is: why are black college students willing to accept separate, but equal? It surely can’t be because the faculty has more black teachers and they want more say in what happens to black students at a particular college?
Let’s look at the facts: The National Center for Education Statistics reports, “Full-time faculty in degree-granting postsecondary institutions in fall 2016: 41 percent White males; 35 percent White females; 6 percent Asian/Pacific Islander males; 4 percent Asian/Pacific Islander females; 3 percent each were Black males, Black females.
The numbers show that 76% of the faculties in American Colleges are white, so they must be driving the agenda. Black professors, on the other hand, are on average only 6% of the educators. When black students were asked why they wanted to be segregated, according to Thecollegefix.com website, the answer was they wanted to be safe and comfortable. If you go to the thecollegefix.com website, you can click on a list of grievances at 80 different colleges and universities. I reviewed the list from several schools, and most contained little about the quality of the education.
Many items on the list dealt with healthcare, food, or increased financial aid. In many cases, the Black students wanted to be isolated from the dominance of white students. Getting in is one thing; graduation is another. According to the 538 website “Of students who entered college in 2005, the most recent data available, 62 percent of whites got a degree within six years, versus 40 percent of blacks and 51 percent of Hispanics.” I think all of the focus on the safe environment detracts from the issue of education. On a side issue, if it takes on average 6 years to earn a 4-year degree, something else is wrong.
When asked the question as to why people should go to college, reference.com said, “In addition to improving academically, students attend college to enhance personal and professional growth. Colleges accept students from a variety of socioeconomic, ethnic and racial backgrounds. They bring young men and women together, giving attendees the opportunity to work and live with a diverse group. Through shared experiences, students develop lifelong skills in communication, tolerance, and collaboration that serve as valuable assets in many jobs.” Nothing about being safe and comfortable here. I think the last sentence is an excellent description of what a student should want from college.
Several candidates for the Democratic Nomination in 2020 have revisited the idea of compensation to black families for some in their family that may have been slaves. Brown vs. the Board of Education in 1954 desegregated the American public school system, making it illegal to have a separate but equal school system. I wonder if someday a black student at a college, who is forced to live in a black only dorm, will file a lawsuit suggesting that the American higher education system has made black slaves again.
Will a court look at Brown vs. the Board of Education and declare it unconstitutional, or will it apply Brown vs. the Board of Education to colleges and make compensation available to the newly free education slaves and all who came before them? Will all black students, who flunked out of college, be entitled to reparations?
How do the black parents in the community feel about segregation of their children in colleges? The Dailywire.com carried a story by Ami Horowitz. He went to a black community near Columbia University, which has segregated dorms and other facilities for blacks only. There, he heard the following: there was "unanimous" agreement off campus that segregating people by race is retrograde.
"Why? Are you going back in time?" says an African American woman. "Why are you separating? We’re all together." Asked if she thinks it’s racist to do that, she says emphatically, "I would think."
Black students, welcome back to the 1860s.