Blacks Over-Represented On University Of Oklahoma …

… football and basketball teams.

At the University of Oklahoma, Inside Higher Ed points out today, “Black men make up 61 percent of Oklahoma’s basketball and football teams, but only 2.7 percent of the university’s student population.”

That shocking lack of “diversity” was pointed out in an article, “About Time,” attributing a good part of the racial strife at OU to the fact that the university has only now moved to hire “a vice president to oversee diversity and inclusion efforts on campus … a position that already exists in some form at hundreds of other colleges.”

The article describes at some length the duties of the new “diversity” czar.

“The vice president for the university community position will have oversight over all diversity programs within the university, including admissions,” [University President David Boren’s press secretary, Corbin] Wallace said. “The vice president will also be kept completely informed by the Office of Student Affairs of all activities aimed at making campus life more inclusive. The vice president will also work with the president and with the deans to broaden the pool of applicants for faculty and staff positions.”

Note, however, that one “disparity” in need of correcting that was not mentioned is lack of “diversity” on the football and basketball teams.  Will new Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, etc., etc., move aggressively to recruit more Asians and whites for these (and other?) athletic teams, since those teams, despite their successes on the field, are no doubt suffering all the ill-effects that the lack of “diversity” inflicts on all educational enterprises?

Discriminating minds want to know.

Our Constitutional Lawyer-In-Chief Speaks Out

President Obama, whom some may recall was the editor of the Harvard Law Review and a professor (or at least lecturer) of constitutional law at the University of Chicago, has applauded the University of Oklahoma’s expelling two students and disbanding their fraternity after fraternity members were captured on a video singing a racist song.

Many First Amendment scholars, such as Eugene Volokh of UCLA, and the ACLU of Oklahoma think the university’s actions are clearly unconstitutional. Since most prestigious law review editors and constitutional law professors have written law review articles or other scholarly publications, one might think it would be possible to take a look at what our Constitutional Lawyer-in-Chief has written in the past that might support his endorsement of a state agency engaging in punishing students based on their speech (or perhaps for holding views expressed in the words of a song they sang).

Let me know if you find any such scholarly pre-presidential article(s). As Politico noted in August 2008, after looking for candidate Obama’s legal writings, “[h]is name doesn’t appear on any legal scholarship.”

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