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The Righteous Revulsion Driving the Demands for Racial Change in America

The Righteous Revulsion Driving the Demands for Racial Change in Am...

June 22, 2020

Reuben E. Brigety II, Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of the South writes: But the young people who are protesting in the streets this summer, and who will be sitting in our classrooms in the fall, do not want progress. They want change. Inherent in the concept of progress is the notion that some degree of imperfection is understandable and inevitable on the path to achieving a worthy ideal. However, when the object of progress is the recognition and respect of one’s humanity by their own government and fellow citizens, the compelling questions to answer are how much imperfection is tolerable and for whom is it acceptable.
Reuben E. Brigety II, Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of the South writes: But the young people who are protesting in the streets this summer, and who will be sitting in our classrooms in the fall, do not want progress. They want change. Inherent in the concept of progress is the notion that some degree of imperfection is understandable and inevitable on the path to achieving a worthy ideal. However, when the object of progress is the recognition and respect of one’s humanity by their own government and fellow citizens, the compelling questions to answer are how much imperfection is tolerable and for whom is it acceptable.

June 22, 2020

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Dallas News, TX

Paul Quinn President: ‘All of Us Have an Opportunity To Make A Real Difference, But It’s a Long Fight’

Paul Quinn President: ‘All of Us Have an Opportunity To Make A Real...

June 12, 2020

Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College (TX), talks with The Dallas Morning News about protests, and running a college during the midst of a pandemic.
Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College (TX), talks with The Dallas Morning News about protests, and running a college during the midst of a pandemic.

June 12, 2020

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Inside Higher Ed

Do You Know What It’s Like?

Do You Know What It’s Like?

June 08, 2020

David Harris, President, Union College writes: Over the past few weeks, prompted by the events in Minnesota, Central Park and elsewhere, people have been asking many questions, including some of our students, who have posted photos of African American Union College students and asked, “Would you care if it were me?”
David Harris, President, Union College writes: Over the past few weeks, prompted by the events in Minnesota, Central Park and elsewhere, people have been asking many questions, including some of our students, who have posted photos of African American Union College students and asked, “Would you care if it were me?”

June 08, 2020

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Inside Higher Ed

No More Statements

No More Statements

June 03, 2020

Walter Kimbrough, President, Dillard University writes: I want to be more committed to the difficult. I want to give voice to those like Breonna Taylor, the black woman that police killed almost three months ago, but because we didn’t see the crime, we didn’t see her. I couldn’t find any statements unless it was linked to George Floyd. There was also little national outrage when Atatiana Jefferson, another black woman, was killed in her home. If I am going to write anything, it needs to be a call to action to bring light to cases like these of black women who are overlooked.
Walter Kimbrough, President, Dillard University writes: I want to be more committed to the difficult. I want to give voice to those like Breonna Taylor, the black woman that police killed almost three months ago, but because we didn’t see the crime, we didn’t see her. I couldn’t find any statements unless it was linked to George Floyd. There was also little national outrage when Atatiana Jefferson, another black woman, was killed in her home. If I am going to write anything, it needs to be a call to action to bring light to cases like these of black women who are overlooked.

June 03, 2020

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

After George Floyd’s Killing, What Academics Can Do

After George Floyd’s Killing, What Academics Can Do

June 02, 2020

G. Gabrielle Starr, President, Pomona College writes: A virus drove us indoors. A violent death drove many of us out into the streets. There is real anger. And then there are, rumor has it, white-nationalist agitators “helping” to set our streets ablaze. To burn not just buildings but hope and life and culture and history. Indeed, in Minneapolis-St. Paul, a Native American resource center burned to the ground, turning heritage to bitter ashes.
G. Gabrielle Starr, President, Pomona College writes: A virus drove us indoors. A violent death drove many of us out into the streets. There is real anger. And then there are, rumor has it, white-nationalist agitators “helping” to set our streets ablaze. To burn not just buildings but hope and life and culture and history. Indeed, in Minneapolis-St. Paul, a Native American resource center burned to the ground, turning heritage to bitter ashes.

June 02, 2020

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