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For UMass, a good long look in the mirror
UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 2/13/08 | Lerner

Posted on 02/13/2008 6:32:13 AM PST by pabianice

February is designated "Black History Month." Thus, it feels rather appropriate to bring up some black history and relate it to UMass. In short, UMass's black history, like this nation's black history, reflects pretty poorly on the school's treatment of blacks.

The figures for minority and Afro-American access are dismal and do not look like they are getting much better unless drastic changes occur. This is a tragic and untenable phenomenon that must be dealt with.

If we look around the UMass campus, sometimes it feels like Hitler won WWII and somehow managed to invade and conquer the United States as well. The scene is a veritable ocean of white faces, somewhat similar to a polar bear in a snow storm. Now, as rational college students with very expensive and prestigious educations, we must know that not everybody in the country is of European descent, and that there are people who were brought here as slaves several hundred years ago from Africa. Interestingly, one is hard pressed to find this population represented on campus. In fact, the numbers of African-American students enrolled are shocking. Even though they make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, African-Americans don't top 5 percent of the UMass population.

This is a case of discrimination. Obviously the administration will not admit this blatant fact, but discrimination can take many different forms and can be deliberate or subconscious. An ingenious method of the racist power structure is to change the discrimination from strictly racially-based assessments, such as "we can't take no n---ers here," which did exist, to "we can only consider financially suitable applicants for admission to the University," the current justification for racist admissions policies. One question is, if the University isn't racist, then where are the people who don't look like everyone else?

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: blackhistory; highereducation; umass
It gets worse. The writer asserts that the almost universal lack of black achievement at the college level is the fault of dirty racist whites like us, not the result of black America's sullen academic suicide.
1 posted on 02/13/2008 6:32:18 AM PST by pabianice
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To: pabianice

“Bruce Lerner is a Collegian columnist. He can be reached at bvlerner@student.umass.edu


2 posted on 02/13/2008 6:33:22 AM PST by pabianice
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To: pabianice

Bill Cosby went to UMASS...I’d love to hear his take on this one!


3 posted on 02/13/2008 6:36:45 AM PST by ladiesview61
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To: pabianice

“The scene is a veritable ocean of white faces, somewhat similar to a polar bear in a snow storm.”

BS- Asians are the most overrepresented - white males are the most underrepresented.

http://www.whatswrongwiththeworld.net/2008/02/is_the_academy_still_a_bastion.html


4 posted on 02/13/2008 6:39:34 AM PST by spanalot (*)
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To: pabianice

Just ignore all those whites who joined the colors to fight the civil war, Mr. guilty white liberal.

Forget where a large number of abolitionists came from.

I believe Massachusetts has alrady done its bit, the fact that it is now a liberal sinkhole notwithstanding.


5 posted on 02/13/2008 6:42:30 AM PST by A Balrog of Morgoth (QMC(SW) USN........ CG21 DD988 FFG34 PC6 ARS53)
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To: pabianice
Now, as rational college students with very expensive and prestigious educations

A very prestigious and expensive ZooMass education? You have to be kidding, Bruce.

6 posted on 02/13/2008 6:43:04 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: ladiesview61

I think Bill Cosby went to Temple.


7 posted on 02/13/2008 6:45:10 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: pabianice
“This is a case of discrimination.”

Ah, maybe its a case of not enough apply to satisfy your version of an acceptable quota? Even if there were, if they can afford to, they’ll go elsewhere, and have already left the state along with everyone else who’s smart enough to see the socialist writing on the wall. Getting rid of Whitey Bulger’s brother as your President wasn’t enough to persuade them to bother.

8 posted on 02/13/2008 6:46:06 AM PST by Melinda
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To: pabianice
As Kurt Vonnegut realized, the main reason the rest of the world doesn't hate us 100 percent is because of the black American music that unites the whole world, jazz and blues.

LOL! I bet he likes listening to rap and gets some on the down low.

I bet his momma be so proud that the money doled out was well-spent.

9 posted on 02/13/2008 6:46:39 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Benedict Arnold was against the Terrorist Surveillance Program)
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To: Inwoodian

He got a post-grad degree at UMass.


10 posted on 02/13/2008 6:47:33 AM PST by Melinda
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To: pabianice
Even though they make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, African-Americans don't top 5 percent of the UMass population.

Actually, African-Americans are 12% of the US population and only 7% of the MA population - or the population the University of Massachusetts was designed to serve in the first place.

And, unless the high school diploma requirement that the University imposes is in itself racist, qualified African-Americans are overrepresented at UMass.

11 posted on 02/13/2008 6:48:21 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: pabianice

“If we look around the UMass campus, sometimes it feels like Hitler won WWII and somehow managed to invade and conquer the United States as well.”

I’ll leave the author alone on this one, since he’s a young, uninformed, naive college undergrad.


12 posted on 02/13/2008 6:49:34 AM PST by popdonnelly (Get Reid. Salazar, and Harkin out of the Senate.)
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Yeah, UMass is a bastion for conservative values.

My God, if this kid is not comfortable in Amherst, he ain’t gonna be comfortable anywhere.


13 posted on 02/13/2008 6:50:37 AM PST by Vermont Lt (I am not from Vermont. I lived there for four years and that was enough.)
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To: pabianice

We need to lower the admission standards and give more tuition breaks to blacks. We need to invent new race-based curriculum that doesn’t require testing or actual studying.


14 posted on 02/13/2008 6:50:38 AM PST by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: pabianice

I’m sure there are also not enough “minorities” on the staff of your paper, Mr. Lerner.

So why don’t you set an example for we unwasheds and give up your position to one of these oppressed groups?

After all, we know that your ethnic/religious background is very “overrepresented” in the media. So fair is fair.

Of course, it really depends on who’s ox it is, doesn’t it? To paraphrase Dean Wormer: “Pandering is no way to go thru live, Son.”


15 posted on 02/13/2008 6:51:57 AM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: popdonnelly

I agree. This is so bad, to comment in detail would just feel like beating up a child. There’s no sport in a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent, it would be like hunting in an animal shelter.


16 posted on 02/13/2008 6:55:14 AM PST by FR Class of 1998 (Government vending: Insert Paycheck and Press '4' for English)
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To: pabianice

This article will establish Mr. Lerner’s bonafides when he looks for employment with the MSM.


17 posted on 02/13/2008 7:00:00 AM PST by AU72
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To: pabianice
...reflects pretty poorly on the school's treatment of blacks

This article reflects poorly on UMass' courses in logic.
18 posted on 02/13/2008 7:00:37 AM PST by frossca
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To: pabianice

They can blame the Republicans, They can blame the schools, they can blame the white society but until they all take a look at the real racists and how they have used victimization and hate to ensure that blacks are kept under their thumbs only to be used as a voting block, the Democrats will continue ruin black people’s lives. They have decided to make victims of hispanics now since they are a bigger voting block.

This has caused problems in the party because these two groups are not willing to share victim status equally. And so it goes. Hopefully this will be the undoing of the Democratic party.

In order to believe the party line you must believe that blacks are more victimized than hispanics but hispanics are more victimized than other minorites and the White people are to blame.

You must believe the blacks and hispanics can’t make it on their own and need governmental intervention in order to live their liveS.


19 posted on 02/13/2008 7:01:53 AM PST by ODDITHER
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"They only need to look at the family income, thus excluding anyone who can't pay, or their criminal history, thus excluding anyone who was the victim of a wanton police state's draconian policies."

So UMass excludes thugs who can't pay. Oh, the humanity!

20 posted on 02/13/2008 7:03:15 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: pabianice

UMass. A liberal strongehold of white oppression. HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

I love it


21 posted on 02/13/2008 7:07:41 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: pabianice
Heh. College kids haven't changed much over the decades - - still fat, drunk, and stupid.

"...and that there are people who were brought here as slaves several hundred years ago from Africa. Interestingly, one is hard pressed to find this population represented on campus.

I think the solution is to convene a special "outreach" committee to determine how best to attract people who were brought here as slaves several hundred years ago from Africa. Personally, I would like to know how they lived so long.

22 posted on 02/13/2008 7:10:37 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: AU72
This article will establish Mr. Lerner’s bonafides when he looks for employment with the MSM.

Oh, "Lerner". I thought it said "Lemer".

23 posted on 02/13/2008 7:16:23 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: pabianice

Oh great, what is the “evil white man” responsible for this time?


24 posted on 02/13/2008 7:23:52 AM PST by Dmitry Vukicevich (Pride always comes before the downfall (How'd the primaries treat you last night Hil?))
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To: Inwoodian
I think Bill Cosby went to Temple.

TV ads that UMass frequently run here feature Cosby as an alum.Of course he could have gotten a graduate degree at Temple.

25 posted on 02/13/2008 7:29:27 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Wanna see how bad it can get? Elect Hillary and find out.)
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To: ladiesview61

Mr. Cosby, whatever his achievements, got a pass at UMass. The Liberals there so wanted to give a black man a doctorate that they did just that. Mr. Cosby was excused from most required academic work and his doctoral dissertation — a paper on his cartoon show “Fat Albert” — is reportedly so badly written that it has been sealed away in violation of the school’s and state’s open records laws. Of late, Mr. Cosby seems to feel some remorse for having taken advantage of the black student double standard so flaunted at schools like UMass.


26 posted on 02/13/2008 8:03:23 AM PST by pabianice
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