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Monday, November 28, 2005

The Department of Justice: Serving it up real good

Posted by on November 28 at 11:59 AM

Dara Purvis has a great raw story column concerning the Department of Justice and its recent beef with Southern Illinois University. The Civil Rights Division is threatening the university with lawsuits alleging violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Their crime? Funding scholarships deemed racist by the DOJ. What makes a scholarship racist, you might ask?

As Dara explains it:

There are three programs apparently judged to be racist: one called “Bridge to the Doctorate,” that provides funds to assist “underrepresented minority students” to pursue “graduate study in science, technology, engineering, and math.” Another, called “Proactive Recruitment and Multicultural Professionals for Tomorrow,” aim at increasing “the number of minorities receiving advanced degrees in disciplines in which they are underrepresented.” And the third, “Graduate Dean’s,” is for “woman and traditionally underrepresented students who have overcome social, cultural, or economic conditions.” From these three efforts to provide financial assistance for traditionally underrepresented students pursuing graduate degrees, the Department of Justice alleges a “pattern or practice of discrimination against whites, non-preferred minorities and males,” according to the letter sent to the University and discussed in the Chicago Sun-Times.

I believe the DOJ should fund their own scholarship at SIU if they are so concerned about unbalanced scholarship practices. They can call it the “Mananging Minorities Scholarship: How to Lead among Heathens” or simply “Jazz Hands for White Boys”.

Weep not, down-trodden white boys. Soon you, too, shall have your moment in the sun!