Posted on January 29, 2013

Tenn. Senator Wants to End Diversity Programs on College Campuses

WBIR, January 24, 2013

A Tennessee state lawmaker believes it’s time to end diversity programs and preference for minorities on college campuses and in other areas.

Senator Jim Summerville (R- Dickson) has introduced a series of bills he calls the “Civil Rights Initiative of 2013.” It would ban diversity officers on campus, abolish any preference given by universities to those of different races and ethnicities, and prohibit the state from keeping any statistics based on race, gender or ethnicity.

Jim Summerville

Jim Summerville

“It’s a little demeaning I think to classify people in those categories. They might wonder ‘Am I here because I’m any good or am I here to fill a quota?’ So I think it’s time to let this go,” said Summerville.


Right now, the bill has no House sponsor, but Summerville says he’s confident he’ll find someone to carry it there.

[Editor’s Note: Sen. Summerville is no stranger to racial controversy. See here for “offensive remarks” he said in August 2012.]