Walter E. Williams

In far too many instances, what passes as college life and education today is no less than shameful. Under the name of diversity and political correctness, billions of taxpayer dollars and donor contributions are used to promote what might be charitably called enlightened racism, uniformity of thought and political proselytizing. Let?s look at some of it.

 The student code of Shippensburg University, in Pennsylvania, said that students had a ?right to express a personal belief system" but only if such expression did not "demean," "annoy" or "alarm" others. Thus, if a student expressed a distaste for race or sex preferences in admissions, he might be disciplined for a code violation. Fortunately, Shippensburg?s code no longer exists due to a successful First Amendment lawsuit brought by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

 The Collegiate Network ( keeps a running tally on gross behavior at the nation?s colleges. For the grossest behavior, it confers its ?Polly Award.? University of Mississippi won second place last year. Why? After finding racist graffiti at the University of Mississippi, a university police official threatened that the students responsible would be prosecuted for ?criminal charges, possibly a felony, or it could be a federal offense.? One month later, the punishment was reduced to community-service hours and therapeutic ?reflection papers? when it was discovered that the culprits were not white students but three black freshman students.

 At the University of Louisville, Ky., a ?White Privilege Forum? was held to talk about how ?white persons run and/or own nearly half of the United States. ... ? A tape that I received showed a panel of three white students and two white professors and a black professor as moderator. The white students appeared to feel shame for their so-called ?privilege,? which probably wasn?t anything more than hard work and sacrifice by their parents. What might have motivated the forum was an earlier incident where two students, in exchange for applying for a credit card, were offered T-shirts with a caricature of a black couple titled ?10 Reasons Why a Beer is Better than a Black Man.? Bank One apologized with a $50,000 donation to the University of Louisville?s diversity lecture series. To promote better racial understanding, its first speaker was Sister Souljah.

Walter E. Williams

Dr. Williams serves on the faculty of George Mason University as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and is the author of 'Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?' and 'Up from the Projects: An Autobiography.'
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