Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Black Caucus Opposes Bryant's Appointment to U. of Alabama

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Black Caucus Opposes Bryant's Appointment to U. of Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -The Legislative Black Caucus is opposing efforts to put local businessman Paul Bryant Jr. on the board of the University of Alabama because of racial comments attributed to him 11 years ago.

The Legislative Black Caucus passed a resolution earlier this month saying that a statement Bryant made in a September 1989 issue of Esquire magazine "totally insults the integrity of all Blacks" and "does not give the impression of sensitivity toward Blacks."

The Black Caucus did not announce the vote on the resolution, but not all members supported it. State Sen. Charles Steele, D Tuscaloosa, says he believes Bryant was misquoted and would still like to see him serve as an Alabama trustee.

In 1989, Bryant owned a dog track in Greene County and was quoted in the magazine as saying the grandstand crowd at the dog track "is a low-class, low-income crowd. ... Down here, it's generally your lower class of Blacks, your welfare Blacks, you want 'em to have enough room to get in and out, but at the same time you want to get as many in as possible. …

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