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Pushback: Texas A&M to stop favoring minorities in hiring & admission policies

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Texas A&M: abandoning its discriminatory

Bring a gun to a knife fight: Less than a month after Texas governor Greg Abbott ordered all state agencies to cease considering race and gender in hiring, Texas A&M (TAMU) officials announced they were removing all mention of diversity, equity, and inclusion policies from the university’s hiring and admissions practices.

After receiving the Feb. 6 memo, Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp immediately ordered all A&M System institutions to review their employment and admission practices and confirm their compliance, according to the university. … Sharp directed all universities and agencies within the TAMU system to remove the DEI statements from their employment or admissions practices. The directive also standardizes faculty and staff applications, limiting them to a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements about research and teaching philosophies, and professional references. It further instructs universities and agencies to make all websites or printed materials dealing with employment and admission practices compliant with the directive, says TAMU.

Will this change anything? It appears that for now, no, not much. The Texas A&M still has an Office of Diversity whose goals still remain focused on race and gender politics. That office isn’t interested in removing race from admission or hiring, but making sure some races get favored treatment in order to “Ensure that all existing and planned policies, operations, procedures, and all major plans for organizational change are pursued with careful attention to their impact on our diversity and inclusion goals.” Its diversity plan [pdf] is clearly designed to pressure administrators to favor groups that have been “historically marginalized or underrepresented in society,” a phrase that has become standard code for favoring only certain minorities and those with queer sexual preferences.

That same office also still has a program which “specifically pays certain minorities more, merely because of their race.”

Nonetheless, this action is part of an overall trend at Texas A&M that appears positive. For example, in 2017 the university’s then-president, Michael Young, strongly defended a philosophy professor, Tommy Curry, who had said publicly that for true black liberation to occur the murder of whites might be necessary in order to make them afraid. Both Young and Curry are no longer at Texas A&M, both apparently pushed out quietly after the heat had died down.

In addition, the school is being sued for that racist discriminatory hiring program. The removal of such language is likely as much a response to the lawsuit as it is to Abbot’s order.

For real change to occur at this school however the entire Diversity Office must be defunded and removed. So must the school’s other programs that promote racial differences, such as its “Diversity Calendar”, which clearly makes group identity the most important aspect of any human life. This office and its programs accomplish nothing good because they only serve to increase racial resentment, clearly favoring some merely because of their race or sexual preferences. Until that happens students and teachers at this school will still have to tread carefully in fear of being destroyed because they either are of the “wrong” race, or said something that offended the “right” race.

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Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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  • Gary H

    My 16yo daughter and myself toured Texas A&M yesterday and there were some diversity language in their presentation, the people walking the campus looked much like the people that I see every day living North of Dallas, except my area has many Indians. The previous day we toured Rice, which had a few more Asians. On Monday we toured UT Austin where there were a large number of Asians. The surrounding city felt like I was back in urban California. Many more small foreign cars and lots of beggars. Crime is an issue in this defund the police city. Prior to the tour my daughter (1/2 Asian) wanted to go to UT Austin. She has guaranteed admission, but the safety is puts Rice on top and A&M as backup. I believe that the heavy population of Asians at UT Austin are the result of very strong, educational orientation of Asian families and the school being highly respected.. so I’m not so sure that the driving force in admissions is race, but all questionnaires ask about race, and I suspect financial aid may be where this advantage shows up. My daughter had the option of choosing as she is both white and Asian and I told her to forget white, she’s just Asian. My older daughter (18yo) rejected UT Austin, she has a low tolerance for California values.
    All of this said, I believe that because of the educational diversity equity movement, people now see everything in terms of race. Color blind has become color prime and is the defining aspect of a person.

  • pzatchok

    Years ago Austin was a fun place.
    Now its just the liberal canker sore of Texas.

  • Andi

    “The best thing about Austin is that it’s not too far from Texas”

  • James Street

    “Race-Based Hatred Permeates the Black Population”
    By Steve McCann
    “For forty-five years (1964 to 2009), the United States experienced significant progress in race relations. Thanks to the efforts of individual citizens in their communities throughout all regions of the country, this nation was well on its way to racial healing. In 2008 only 18% of Americans were greatly concerned or worried about the state of race relations in the country as nearly 70% thought that relations between Whites and Blacks were very or somewhat good.

    In 2009, the most divisive and societally destructive president in American history, Barack Obama, came into office determined to reverse this trend by manipulating the Black citizenry into abandoning racial harmony by utilizing malicious demonization of the White population. He succeeded in fanning the dying embers of racism into a potential national conflagration.

    Thanks to Obama and the media’s incessant drumbeat that so-called “white supremacy” is a major threat to minorities, in particular Blacks, a Washington Post poll in May of 2022 revealed that three quarters of Blacks are worried that they or someone they love will be attacked by a white person — while the reality is that Blacks perpetrate the vast majority of interracial crime. And nearly as many, 70 percent, believe that half or more of all White people ‘hold white supremacist beliefs.’

    A Rasmussen poll taken in February of 2023, exposed the inevitable and disturbing reality that only 54% of Blacks think it’s ok to be White.”

  • Guest

    Nothing will change at A&M. Like most modern universities, A&M is under the complete control of the political left.

    Recent events surrounding diversity have demonstrated clearly that the Regent/Chancellor system of governance for public universities is an abject failure and should be replaced by a system in which public universities report directly to, and are held accountable by, the state legislatures which fund them. The Regent system has removed any shred of accountability, which has allowed for the neverending leftware drift of the university system. Every red state should make a priority of eliminating the Regent system, consolidating the management structure of higher eduction, firing the entire executive staff of the university, and replacing them with administrators whose past writings demonstrate that their political views are consistent with the people of the state.

  • Robert Pratt

    Sadly private Rice is now among the most woke and leftist universities in the country and likely the most in Texas.

  • Jeff Wright

    Public, private…different hats worn by the same people

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