|By State and City:
school approved in Akron (04/06/99)
"The Akron Board of Education embraced a new concept last night to open the
district's first Afrocentric school in the 2000-2001
"Akron will join Cleveland and Columbus in offering schools with an Afrocentric
or African-American orientation, the generic terms generally
used for Africentric. The Cleveland district has five Afrocentric/multicultural schools
where students learn more about black history and other cultures than is typically taught
"The task force that made its report to the Akron school board last month defined
Africentric education "as an approach that places emphasis on enriching the required
state and local graded courses of study by incorporating the cultural, social and
historical traditions existent within the African-American [black, non-white] community.
"According to the district's data, black males and females are failing their school
courses at a higher rate than white males or females. Blacks, who make up 47.4 percent of
the district, also have higher suspension and dropout rates and lower graduation rates
than whites." (Cleveland Plain Dealer 04/06/99 by Stuart Warner) -- [See
Also: Terms and Definitions: Multiculturalism]
of Akron's Students are Minorities, but Are Causing 70% of the Discipline Problems (10/27/98)
new wrinkle on an old, liberal scam: U.S. Dept. of Education (while
intruding into local affairs) has "discovered" that while only 44% of Akron's
students are minorities, 70% of the discipline problems are caused by minorities.
The unsubstantiated, a priori assumption of Washington is that this must be the result of
some form of racial discrimination. Gee, did anyone think to ask "Why are
minority students in Akron causing most of the discipline problems?" Nope,
Washington, DC is not capable of such rational questions! (Associated Press
Ohio (Bowling Green):
Prof. Tries to Teach "Political Correctness" and Encounters Reverse Racism (08/20/98)
Bowling Green State University's Sociology Dept. does NOT believe in intellectual
diversity! They don't appreciate discussion of alternate points of view,
especially if the points of view happen to be conservative. Prof. Richard Zeller
thought a free exchange of ideas which included conservative theories (less government, no
reverse discrimination, etc.) would be ideal for his sociology class. NO! says
Bowling Green. University thinks its students should only be exposed to politically
correct content! (Christian Science Monitor, Nando.net 8/20/98)
Schools drops race-based transfer policy (01/29/99)
"The city school district no longer will bar white students from transferring to
neighboring districts. The school board feared it might lose some federal money if it did
not drop the 15-year-old policy of allowing only minority students to transfer, the
"The policy was created in 1984 as part of a federally ordered desegregation plan.
The plan let students in the racial majority at their home school transfer voluntarily to
other schools where they would be in the minority. The school board made the change
after meeting with officials from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil
Rights, school administrators and attorneys. The 5,800-student district faced the
possibility of losing $4 million in federal money, Kinneer said. (Associated Press,
via Cleveland Live, 01/29/99)
Teacher scolds students for using
racial slur, gets suspended! (04/14/99 - dead
Ohio Beacon Journal Headline: "Teacher Suspended for Using Slur"
-- "A teacher who heard two youngsters using a racial slur repeated it disapprovingly
and then found himself suspended and facing possible dismissal.
"Terence Traut, a seventh grade math teacher at Lorain Middle School who is white,
heard a black student and a Hispanic student calling each other the word and sent them to
the principal's office, Superintendent Nicholas Hutlock said yesterday. As they
left, Traut repeated the word and told the class that it was stupid to use such language,
Hutlock said. Traut repeated the comment again when one of the boys returned, the
"The school board in this 11,000-student district 25 miles west of Cleveland voted
Monday night to suspend Traut and demanded that he apologize. The board said it would wait
two weeks to decide whether to fire him. The Lorain city school district is about
half white, 25 percent black and 25 percent Hispanic." (Ohio Beacon Journal,
Oklahoma (Oklahoma City):
Anita Hill Professorship Abandoned (05/08/99 - dead link)
OKLAHOMA CITY"The University of Oklahoma is abandoning a professorship named
for Anita F. Hill, even though it has never been filled.
"Conservatives have been upset that the position, created with a $500,000 endowment,
was named for the former Oklahoma law professor who accused Clarence Thomas of sexual
impropriety, almost derailing his Supreme Court nomination in 1991.
"Activist Elmer Million had threatened to lead a petition drive to cut off funding
for the law school if the endowment was not dropped. The professorship was intended for
someone who has a national reputation in the area of sexual harassment and women's
rights." (Associated Press via Washington Post Saturday, May 8, 1999; Page A05)
Student Lawsuit Curtails Racial
Scholarship Program (06/28/99 - dead link)
"(Tulsa-AP) A University of Tulsa student who filed a lawsuit on claims a
state scholarship discriminated against white males has gotten his wish. [Student
Scott Pollard alleges the program was racially discriminatory when he applied to it last
year. His lawsuit against the state and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
has yet to go to trial.
"[Nonetheless, in response to Pollards lawsuit] Lawmakers amended the
states Academic Scholars Program last month. State regents also suspended new
admissions into a minority set-aside grant program for graduate and professional
students." (Associated Press via MSNBC 06/28/99)
[former link *http://www.msnbc.com/local/KJRH/35926.asp]
Oregon (State Colleges):
Oregon state campuses show gains
in Asians, Latinos (04/10/99)
"Oregon's public universities made modest gains in diversifying student and faculty
ranks in the past five years, but minorities still make up a fraction of people on campus,
a new university study showed Friday. The report points out the need for
improvements in retaining minority students, who generally are far more likely to drop out
than whites, and for universities to do more to recruit and promote minority professors.
"The fact that we have made progress and people are committed to enhancing diversity
was really the most exciting finding," said Yvette Webber-Davis, who coordinates
diversity efforts for the 60,000-student Oregon University System. In recent years,
Oregon universities have intensified their recruiting of minority students and faculty.
The numbers show gains but also mixed results.
"Because of its admissions policies, Oregon largely has avoided the affirmative
action wars that have raged in California and Washington universities. Last year, however,
an Oregon scholarship targeted exclusively at minorities was revamped under pressure from
the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights so that whites could apply, too.
The change drew few protests.
"Chancellor Joe Cox said he wants more improvement in diversifying faculty. He said
growing competition for qualified prospects has slowed recruiting efforts. "I'm less
satisfied with our progress on diversifying faculty and staff," said Cox, who heads
the seven-university system. "But I am satisfied with the effort."
(Oregonian 04/10/99 by Romel Hernandez)
$3 Million Awarded to Four White Phila. School
District Employees for "Reverse Discrimination" (12/-20-05)
U.S. District Court Judge and jury
award $3 million to four white employees who were illegally fired and retaliated against
by black Phila. School procurement chief.
See Adversity.Net Case 46 "Four White Males WIN Reverse
Discrimination Law Suit"
State Formula Distributing More Funds
for Minority Districts is Upheld! (11/24/98 - dead
U.S. district Judge Herbert J. Hutton ruled that distributing education funds to
"minority-dominated school districts" is a legal and just means of spending
limited education dollars! (Philadelphia Inquirer 11/24/98)
Pennsylvania (Phia. Area):
$2 Million Award Upheld
in Cheyney U. Reverse Discrimination Case
University is located 24 miles west of Philadelphia in the town of Cheyney, PA. It
boasts of being an HBU (Historically Black University).]
"A federal judge has upheld a jury's award of nearly $2 million to a pair of white
former professors at predominantly black Cheyney University who said they were subjected
to a campaign of harassment after they objected to racist hiring policies.
"In his 84-page opinion in Gentner v. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, U.S.
District Judge Robert F. Kelly found that the jury had ample evidence to conclude that
professors Fred Gentner and Robert Stevenson were retaliated against and forced out of
their jobs after they insisted that candidates of all races -- not just blacks -- should
be considered for faculty openings.
"In the suit, the pair claimed that they protested in 1991 when the chair of the
sciences department, Eugene Jones, said that he would not considering hiring any whites to
fill vacancies in the department.
"After they complained that Jones' policies were racist, Jones retaliated by feeding
information to students who then lodged complaints of racism against Gentner and
Stevenson, the pair said.
"Among the actions taken to retaliate against the pair, [their attorney said], were
changes to their longstanding schedules; false claims of racial and sexual harassment;
multiple investigations of the false charges; incitement of students to protest their
teaching methods; petitions circulated around the campus that accused both men of being
racists; and one university official referring to them as 'rats' and
'traitors.'" (The Legal Intelligencer / Law News Network 10/18/99 by Shannon P.
Pennsylvania (Phila. Area):
White Professors Win $2.4 Million for
Racial Discrimination (9/25/98 - dead link)
Cheyney University is an historically black school. Professors Fred Gentner and
Robert Stevenson were repeatedly harassed and intimidated by the 65% minority faculty and
administration. When they complained, the Chairman began referring to the
professors as "those white bastards". U.S. District Judge Robert F. Kelly
presided over the largely white jury who awarded each over $1 million for racial
discrimination. (Philadelphia Daily News 9/25/98)
Pitt ties funding
to increasing # of minority grads (01/28/99)
"Having spent decades trying to boost minority graduation rates with limited success,
the University of Pittsburgh is trying a new approach: giving its deans a nudge in the
wallet. Pitt has signed off on a plan that will tie the budgetary process in each of
its schools to the ability to make the graduation rates and grade point averages of
minority students equal to those of white students.
"By March 1, deans must submit, as part of their annual funding requests, assessments
of where the rates stand and concrete plans to raise them. If they fail to show gradual
improvements [in minority graduation rates], they could lose a portion of their budgets.
"According to the most current data from Pitt's main campus, 63 percent of white
students graduate in six years, compared with 43 percent of black students; 60 percent of
Asian students and 53 percent of Hispanic students graduate in six years. [Provost
James Maher] said that setting specific [race-based budgetary] goals is risky because the
university could find in five years that it has fallen significantly short of its
[minority graduation] goals. But having those goals gives the schools something to shoot
"As part of the push, administrators and faculty are being asked to come up with ways
to steer larger numbers of [minority] students toward fields in which there are lucrative
openings but too few minority candidates. They are also being asked to figure how to bring
job placement rates for black and other minority students up to those of white
students." (Post-Gazette, 01/28/99, by Bill Schackner)
When Whites Retire, Hire Blacks! (01/27/99 - dead link)
"The exodus of 34 Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers taking a negotiated retirement
incentive on Feb. 5 provides the school district with an opportunity to hire more black
teachers, one school board member said.
"Randall Taylor, [who is black and is] a first-term school board member from East
Liberty, said Tuesday that the district should try to bring the percentage of black
teachers in line with the percentage of black students. ... Taylor said the district
should try to fill vacancies with black teachers who can serve as role models to students
in a district that's more than half black.
School District Director of Human Resources, Lee B. Nicklos, "said her office, where
hiring is done, always looks for minority candidates. She said district
administrators recognize a deficiency. 'But (we're) deficient in that we don't have the
minority candidates in teaching that any of us would like,' she said."
(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 1/27/99, by Christopher Keough)
Federal Jury Orders U.
Pittsburgh to Pay in Reverse-Bias Suit! (subscription site)
"A federal jury on Thursday found the University of Pittsburgh guilty of reverse
discrimination for denying a male faculty member tenure in 1995 and ordered the
institution to pay him $350,000 in compensatory damages. A day after the jury's verdict,
Pittsburgh reached a confidential agreement with the former faculty member, John N.
Chiasson, to settle his remaining claims for reinstatement and punitive damages.
University officials refused to discuss details of the case, and neither Mr. Chiasson nor
his lawyer could be reached for comment." (Chronlicle of Higher Ed - pay site)
[link to pay site: http://www.chronicle.com/daily/98/12/98121501n.htm
Point Park College to Boost Minorities
on Faculty and Board (Dead Link)
13% of the Small Point Park College student body is black, which is more
"representative" of the population than at most "white" schools.
Nonetheless, President Katherine Henderson has vowed additional minorities in faculty and
board positions. Can this be done without applying illegal racial criteria?
Stay tuned. (Pittsburgh, Tribune-Review, 9/26/98; link no longer available.)
Puerto Rico (San Juan):
Bi-lingual Puerto Rican teachers in
demand in U.S. (dead link)
"Come and teach by the beach!" says one ad designed to bring Puerto Rican
teachers to California to help teach the burgeoning student population whose native
language is not English. (Washington Post 12/20/98)
Rhode Island (South
Univ. Student Paper Slammed for
Politically Incorrect Racial Cartoon
"The campus newspaper of the University of Rhode Island, its funding frozen in a
controversy over a perceived racist cartoon, will be published with donated funds.
"The Rhode Island Press Association will donate the $800 to allow The Good 5-Cent
Cigar to continue through the end of the semester, said Mary Harrington, association
president." (Boston Globe 12/07/98)
Cartoon Flareup at University of
Rhode Island (dead link)
"More than 100 University of Rhode Island
students marched through campus Friday following a racial flare-up over a cartoon in the
student newspaper. Members of the Brothers United for Action and about 100 other students
of all races presented a list of demands to the administration. They asked for expanded
curriculums for American Indians, blacks, Asians and others.
"URI President Robert Carothers said all of the demands could be met, although some
may take longer than others. Racial tensions have increased on campus since the campus
newspaper published an editorial cartoon that many blacks and others perceived as racist.
Earlier in the week, donors came forward to help the University of Rhode Island campus
newspaper continue publishing. The Providence Newspaper Guild a union representing
workers at The Providence Journal has donated $500 dollars to the paper. Various
private donors also have pledged to give another $1000, while the Rhode Island Press
Association and a journalism professor have pledged $800 each." (MSNBC, posted
[former link *http://www.msnbc.com/local/WJAR/105580.asp]
Rhode Island (Providence):
Grant to help Southeast Asians become
teachers (11/13/98 - dead link)
"A federal grand of $1.2 million will help 15 Southeast Asians to become Rhode Island
public school teachers." Will $1.2 million in your tax dollars be used to
educate the burgeoning Southeast Asian immigrant population in English and in the customs
of the U.S. citizen? It does not seem to be so destined. (Associated Press,
via The Boston Globe 11/13/98)
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Racial Busing to End in Nashville! (Dead Link)
Many Nashville students have had to ride 45 minutes on a bus in order to fulfill the 1971
racial busing order of the courts. No more, according to a federal judge
today. The busing must end, but at a price! To achieve non-racial attendance
at it's schools, Nashville has had to agree to build 15 new schools and renovate dozens of
others, presumably in areas of this school district which are "underfunded" by
the real estate taxes from resident minorities which are supposed to support
schools. (Contra Cost Times, a.k.a. Hotcoco.Com on 9/29/98; link no longer
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