Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tales From the Dark Side

Sometimes they just can’t help themselves.

Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn referred to minorities as “dark ones” on Wednesday, prompting criticism from several state lawmakers, MLive reported. 

Debating whether Michigan should adopt the Common Core State Standards at the state legislature, Arnn recalled receiving a Department of Education letter that voiced concerns about racial diversity at Hillsdale College.

“They said we violated the standards for diversity because we didn’t have enough dark ones, I guess is what they meant,” Arnn said in his opening remarks.

After receiving criticism for the “offensive” language from several state Democrats, Arnn doubled down.

“The State of Michigan sent a group of people down to my campus, with clipboards … to look at the colors of people’s faces and write down what they saw,” Arnn later said, according to M Live. “We don’t keep records of that information. What were they looking for besides dark ones?”

If this is what he says out loud and thinks it’s perfectly okay, the mind boggles at what he really thinks.

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  1. Funny, “dark ones” in my vocabulary translates as “mysterious/evil people” (no racial/ethnic tones, just moral/ethical ones). Though I suppose Arnn meant that, too.

  2. I’ll bet the guys with the clipboards didn’t find any either. Hillsdale is the most right-wing, ultra-Republican college north of the Mason-Dixon line and east of Salt Lake City. It wouldn’t occur to the administration to seek diversity. Any attempt to force it on this private institution with a holier-than-thou body of faculty and students would be met with a lawsuit.

    • Scenes from my undergrad days. We used to joke that Admissions and Administration allowed in one minority student per division, plus the basketball team. Those of us in the student body saw through it pretty easily, but I’m sure A&A were convinced they were doing the right thing. That was [mumble-mumble] years ago, and you’d think things had improved just a little between then and now. But, of course, no.

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