Oakton Community College: dedicated to segregation!
“Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” Oakton Community College, a small college in the Chicago area, has now established a special academy for black men only, dubbed the Emory Williams Academy for Black Men.
From the academy’s website:
As a member of the Academy, you will join a community designed for Black male-identifying students who are on a journey to advance their education and achieve their goals. Whether you want to earn your associate degree and transfer to a four-year school or kick-start a career with training, the Academy will meet you where you are and help you thrive.
The Academy is led by dedicated Black faculty and staff. You’ll be supported every day by a group of committed professors and student-success coaches—and your fellow scholars. [emphasis mine]
That website also describes its values like so:
We embrace the diversity of the Black men of our academy and honor the multiple representations of Blackness and maleness in our community. We advance equity by acknowledging the harm perpetrated against Black men by systemic racism in all levels of their education, and intentionally disrupting it here at the College.
If you want to see exactly how bigoted and segregated this new institution is, watch the PR video on its website. As Ileo Lott, the academy’s provost and VP of academic affairs bluntly states, “We are specifically enrolling black men.” All of the teachers and administrators are black, no whites need apply.
When the College Fix emailed the academy’s administration asking how such a segregated operation could operate without violating every civil rights law passed since 1964, a spokesman responded with an outright lie:
“The development of the Emory Williams Academy does not violate any laws. Oakton Community College is an open-access institution to which all students are invited to apply, enroll and access services,” spokesman Steve Butera told The College Fix via email.
Of course, they make believe that anyone can apply and be accepted, but we all know that if you fill out their application form, which clearly demands you list your race and gender, and admit you are either not black nor male, I am certain they will ignore you, or deny you admission, though they will of course hide this fact from federal authorities.
Once, during the era of racial discrimination, when blacks could not get accepted to any college, it was necessary to form such black-only schools to give intelligent blacks a place to get a college education. Since the mid-sixties and the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights law, such institutions have no longer been necessary, and in fact have been integrated for decades, open to everyone. This school is now admitting that it wishes to return to those segregated days, where whites and blacks isolated themselves. Then, whites treated blacks as inferior beings. Now it is the blacks who wish to do the same to whites.
In both cases however it was simple bigotry and race hatred. That Oakton Community College wishes to return to that culture is quite horrifying, no matter its good intentions.
Moreover, the whole concept smacks of a belief that black men cannot compete in an open society, that they are somehow inferior and need special protection and treatment in order to get a college education. The premise is disgusting, and so bigoted as to be mind-boggling.
According to the college’s ’22 budget [pdf], its enrollment has been dropping steadily since 2010, losing almost 25% in that time. The budget also shows that Oakton depends on state and federal funding for about 15% of its funds. It seems that as a violator of both state and federal laws, that funding should cease. The school also by Illinois law earns about half its income from the property taxes the state collects within the college’s jurisdiction and then distributes back to the university. That perk should also end.
A much more important funding source, however, is tuitions, which account for about 18% of the school’s income. It seems if the parents of future college students want their kids to get a good education not handicapped by racism and leftist politics, this is not the right college to attend.
Time for it to go bankrupt.