This week several University of Oklahoma frat boys were caught on tape singing a vile, racist song (and, no, it wasn't "unconscious" racism or "coded" racism — it was straight up segregation-era hate). The video triggered a tidal wave of outrage on and off campus. A top football recruit "de-committed" to OU and committed to Alabama, the national fraternity expelled the local OU chapter, and students, coaches, professors, and administrators marched in protest.
To this point, the matter is rather simple. The SAE students engaged in racist expression, and private citizens countered with expression of their own — doing what the marketplace of ideas does best, countering bad speech with better speech.
The Gates-Funded Collaborative for Student Success rolled out pro-Common Core print and radio ads in Iowa last week and they are launching TV ads this week.
One would think that as in other states where Bill Gates has poured money into Common Core advocacy he was trying to stop a repeal effort. In Iowa, however, Common Core bills have been dead on arrival in subcommittee both in the Republican-led House and Democrat-led Senate the past two sessions. In both chambers leadership has resisted making the standards a priority, and subcommittee assignments for the bills guarantee they won't see the light of day.
So it seems like this would be a colossal waste of money except they are not trying to impact what is going on at the Iowa Statehouse. They want to impact the Iowa Caucus. more >>
An official at the American Baptist College, a Christian college in Nashville, Tennessee, defended the school's decision Tuesday to invite a married lesbian bishop to lecture students during the institution's 58th Garnett-Nabrit Lecture Series this month declaring that there's nothing unchristian about it, despite protest from a group of pastors.
Richard E. Jackson, vice president for administration, finance and legal affairs at American Baptist College, told The Christian Post in an interview Tuesday that most of the reactions he's received about the pending visit of Bishop Yvette Flunder of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ has been one of surprise.
"The reaction I have gotten is 'what's the controversy, what's the big deal?' You all are an educational institution," said Jackson. more >>
University of Oklahoma President David Boren announced Tuesday that the school has expelled two students from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity of brothers for their role in instigating and promoting a racist chant targeting black students that was made public in a viral video posted online Sunday.
"President Boren today expelled two students identified as playing a leadership role in the singing of a racist chant in connection with an SAE fraternity event. Boren said that students who played a leadership role had created a hostile learning environment for others. The chant was not only heard by those on a bus, but also impacted the entire university community as it was also distributed through social media," noted a press release posted to Boren's Twitter account Tuesday.
"I have emphasized that there is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma. I hope that the entire nation will join us in having zero tolerance of such racism when it raises its ugly head in other situations across our country," said Boren. more >>
As the University of Oklahoma continues to reel from the fallout of a racist video of members of the now suspended local arm of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity singing that there will never be a black fraternity brother, the second and last black member of the fraternity group says the video has left him grieving.
"At first I felt I should have known better. ... I put a lot of faith and trust in an idea and knowing that that could come back and bite me some time and just hoping it never would, and then feeling that that faith and trust was misplaced was my initial reaction," said William Bruce James II, who told KFOR that he was the last black SAE member at OU 14 years ago.
It appears, however, that the SAE fraternity brothers who were singing the derogatory chant to the tune of a popular children's song 'If Your Happy and You Know It' in the now viral video posted to YouTube on Sunday, were unaware that they had black SAE brothers. more >>
The American Baptist College, a Christian college in Nashville, Tennessee, is under fire from a group of pastors for inviting a married lesbian bishop to speak at the institution's 58th Garnett-Nabrit Lecture Series this month.
Bishop Yvette Flunder of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ, who's married to her same-sex partner Shirley Miller, is featured as one of the main speakers set to make an address during the lecture series on March 18, according to a schedule of events published by the college.