Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Diverse Letters

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Diverse Letters

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ACKNOWLEDGING THE LEGACY OF SLAVERY

Brown University represents what moral leadership brings to any arena (see "Brown University Applauded for Examination of Its Ties to Slavery," Nov. 16). President [Ruth] Simmons and the Steering Committee members raise an issue from which America cannot hide - slavery and the legacy of slavery. As we examine so many institutions that profited from the slave trade, we are forced to deal with the reality of wealth creation and transfer. It's ironic that institutions such as Brown, that enriched themselves through the slave trade, have an under-representation of African-Americans both in the student body and on the faculty. This report further exposes the hypocrisy of the American fabric - a fabric woven with injustice, threaded with disparate treatment, needled with racism and sold as justice for all. Brown University truly did the right thing.

-Mark Whitaker

Associate Professor/Assistant Pastor

Hampton University/New Bethel Baptist Church

Portsmouth, Va.

MARYLAND: UNCONCERNED ABOUT ITS HBCUS?

The lawsuit appears to be relevant. Primarily, this lawsuit should stand based on the research that clearly shows the state of Maryland is in violation of its own laws (see "Maryland Faces University Desegregation Fight," Nov. 16). If one school offers a program, why should another one offer it at the same level? It doesn't matter if the school is an HBCU or a White school. If one offers it, the other shouldn't. The state of Maryland has consistently demonstrated a lack of concern for HBCUs, therefore, this is not anything new. …

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