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Academic Freedom

March 29, 2021

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Since we live in a university and college town, from the University of Alabama to Stillman College with Shelton State Community College tucked in for good measure, I thought readers would be interested in the state of academic freedom in the U. S. It comes from a piece by Eric Kaufman, “Academic Freedom is Withering” […]

Equity, What Is It?

March 15, 2021

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I have written about “equity” in this column, especially last summer focusing on the University of Alabama’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I figured I’ve had my say and am done with it. Then I read a piece, “Equity Is a Mandate to Discriminate” in the March 4, WSJ, and recall, of course, that […]

Excellence and Equality

March 4, 2021

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I promised myself not to write any more about politics this year. Everyone with a computer, tablet or cell phone is writing, all the way from Twitter to the New York Times, and most of it is just political importuning from the Left or Right in American politics. The heretofore “objective” role of journalists is […]

Privilege and Equity

January 31, 2021

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This is going to be a thought piece which some of you may like and some may dislike. But I compose it with the old rules in place: we can disagree on just about anything, but we agree to listen to each other with civility, and usually reach an accord or compromise. There are however […]

The Diversity Industry

December 17, 2020

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An article in the WSJ’s Nov. 20, 2020 edition caught my attention: “The Duo That Defeated the ‘Diversity Industry.’” It was written by Ward Connerly, 81, a black Louisiana native  and Wenyuan Wu, 33. Connerly has spent “the past quarter-century campaigning against racial preferences,” and Wu “is a Chinese immigrant who has recently become an […]

Christians in America

October 25, 2020

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Not too long ago I read an article, “After the Culture War,” by Barton Swain in his column on “Politics” in the WSJ, October 3-4. When I see the words “culture” and “wars” these days, or someone who actually calls himself a political something-or-another, or in this case a political writer, I usually turn to […]

What is being read at the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

August 9, 2020

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I recently read where the Division of DEI at UA will host a “common read” of the New York Times best-selling book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo beginning at the end of July.. I thought, well I should probably take a look at a […]

Diversity, moving from theory to practice

July 18, 2020

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We left off a few weeks ago with the commitment to diversity made explicit in 2008 by various official documents issued by the University of Alabama. How was diversity itself to be diversified at UA to include more than just hiring increasing numbers of African American faculty and administrators, and recruiting more students in the […]

Expanding Diversity at the University of Alabama

June 29, 2020

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A few weeks ago we began an examination of racial integration, diversity, and its brothers “equity” and “inclusion” in the overall scheme of education across the nation, but more specifically at the University of Alabama for the obvious reason that we are here, not someplace else. At various points between 2008 and today UA moved–in […]

Integrating Alabama as Prelude to Diversity

June 21, 2020

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This is the second piece in a series of Op-eds devoted to the subjects of integration, diversity, equity, and inclusion within the University communities of the nation but with particular emphasis on the University of Alabama. This is largely, obviously, since we are here, not in someplace like Boston, Seattle, or Miami. Much of what […]