Civil Wrongs: What Went Wrong with Affirmative Action

By Steven Yates | Go to book overview

TWO
The Numbers Game in Higher Education

Storm over Campus: the "New Racism" and the Official Response
During the 1980s and 1990s, racial hostilities have invaded college and university campuses--including some of the nation's most prestigious institutions. Hundreds of reports of racial incidents have surfaced over the past several years. Consider the following:
One day in 1988, University of Michigan undergraduate Michael Wilson arrived early for a French class and saw a poster on the blackboard that read: "Support the K.K.K. college fund. A mind is a terrible thing to waste: especially on a nigger." A month or so later, a satirical poem written in phony black English and entitled "If Duh Dean Don't 'Pologize" was circulated to university officials and the affirmative action office. In April 1989, anonymous fliers appeared all over campus, including the office door of the Department of Afro-American Studies, announcing "White Pride Week."

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