Philip Trout, the outgoing president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, has apologized, twice, for having the temerity and insensitivity to say “all lives matter.”
Inside Higher Ed reports:
“As the NACAC president, I wish to offer my sincere apology for the words I used yesterday afternoon at our opening general session,” Trout said in a message distributed Friday afternoon. “I am sorry to know that I have offended and hurt so many people.
“What I did is not right,” Trout continued. “I have asked for the support of my colleagues on the NACAC board to allow us to spend additional time addressing issues of race and human relations.
“With your help and advice, we will work hard toward making our association a center of inclusion and personal dignity for all counseling and admission professionals,” Trout concluded.
Apparently that was not sufficient, and on Saturday Trout offered his second public grovel in two days:
“At Thursday’s opening general session, I wanted to acknowledge all the violence occurring in our communities along with a statement of sympathy and solidarity for all those affected that should have used the words ‘Black Lives Matter,’ ” Trout said. “I regret that my insensitive statement caused hurt and offense and that the impact of my message of inclusion and respect actually had the opposite effect. I am sorry to have hurt the feelings of so many people, and I offer you my sincerest apology.
“Let me restate,” Trout said. “Black lives matter.”
Trout had issued an apology in a statement Friday that did not include the words “black lives matter.” His remarks Saturday were delivered to a large meeting hall filled with hundreds of people.
At the NACAC, “inclusion” obviously does not extend to those who are willing to say in public that all lives matter, and it would also appear wise for any college applicants who harbor such racist and insensitive thoughts to keep their views hidden from their guidance counselors.