New Roxbury Community College Chairman Is Opposed Because of His Skin Color

Mary Moore, Boston Business Journal, May 28, 2013

Community members in Roxbury are opposing the appointment of Gerald Chertavian, CEO of nonprofit Year Up, as the new chairman of Roxbury Community College’s board because Chertavian is white.

In a letter sent to Gov. Deval Patrick over Memorial Day weekend, the group Friends of Roxbury Community College said it is “insulting for Governor Patrick to appoint a white person to head up the body that is the primary decision maker for the college. He is sending a message that although we are a predominantly Black institution, it will take a white person to give you the vision and leadership to take the college to the ‘promised land’ of education. That is the ‘plantation’ type mentality.”

Chertavian oversees his first meeting of the college’s board of trustees Tuesday night.

Sadiki Kambon, who heads up the Friends of Roxbury Community College and runs a nonprofit in Roxbury, said in an interview that the group’s criticism is not of Chertavian, who would make a “welcome addition” to the board of trustees. But Kambon said the governor’s decision to appoint Chertavian chairman was the wrong move and that Roxbury residents need to see a person who “looks like us” in that leadership position.

Roxbury Community College also recently announced that Valerie Roberson, who is black and currently the vice president of academic affairs at Joliet Junior College in Illinois, had been hired as president. Kambon said the Friends of Roxbury Community College are “pleased with that choice.”

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  • DailyKenn

    These ignorant black educators fail to realize that black-owned plantations were not uncommon in the antebellum South.

    • In 1830 there were 3,775 free black families who owned slaves.

    • In 1860 the largest slave holder in South Carolina was black.

    • The first slave owner in American history was a black tobacco farmer name Anthony Johnson.

    • Henry Louis Gate, the eminent black historian, calls black-on-black slavery America’s dirty little secret.

    • Chris

      They also ignore that fact that plantation “overseers” were black. Curiously, the article states “Chertavian oversees his first meeting of the college’s board of trustees Tuesday night.”

    • The__Bobster

      Freemen had a greater slave ownership rate than Whites did.

    • Sick of it

      The same people ignore American Indian-owned plantations as well. I also doubt they will ever admit that certain relations were not usually a result of force, but what the hell, they’re usually ignorant of the history of the Americas.

    • Erasmus

      It’ll be a plantation with a white man as college president, and it’ll soon be a jungle with a black man as president. People in their right minds would go for “plantation,” but I know these people aren’t in their right minds.

    • Paleoconn

      Interesting facts, I never knew these, thank you. What they also ignore is that only about 2% of Whites owned slaves, and that White countries were the first to outlaw slavery, and that black slave traders from Africa petitioned Britain not to outlaw it, and that only the slave trade in North America was only about 5% of the transatlantic slave commerce.

  • Sauce for the Goose

    In this case, I’d have to agree with the black “community.” I remember an old episode of All in the Family where Meathead and Gloria were playing one of those “bare your soul” games with Lionel, who drew a card asking him to tell how they really irritated him (or something to that effect). He said that what really hacked him off was that they as white liberals were constantly talking about the “black problem” and that he found their actions very condescending.

    I’m convinced that a significant part of the problem with black-white relations in this country is the constant meddling by hypocritical white liberals. Anyone remember the racial violence in South Boston back in the early ’70s? It was OK to force the “civil rights” agenda on all the Southern whites (who then abandoned the Democratic Party for the GOP), but not OK to make them have to live the same way.

    Once I see white liberals taking their kids out of their posh private schools and sending them to the inner city to get “educated,” I might have a change of heart. But I’m not going to hold my breath.

    • The__Bobster

      It was OK to force the “civil rights” agenda on all the Southern whites (who then abandoned the Democratic Party for the GOP), but not OK to make them have to live the same way.
      __________

      Can we name the ones who did the forcing? Show of hands please.

    • newscomments70

      “hypocritical white liberals” did not reside in South Boston at that time. That was a place for Irish working class. Most of that crowd were drunks and brawlers, and they don’t like black people all that much. The forced bussing was all about making “Southie” types love black people. It never worked. Irish in that area were mostly democrats because of the Kennedy era and trade unions. That had nothing to do with forced integration, gay rights, etc. Imagining that South Boston was a sissy white liberal community is simply wrong. Williamstown, MA, home of Williams College and frequented by the late Christopher Reeve. THAT is a sissy liberal Massachusetts town.

  • Jefferson

    [QUOTE]In a letter sent to Gov. Deval Patrick over
    Memorial Day weekend, the group Friends of Roxbury Community College
    said it is “insulting for Governor Patrick to appoint a white person to
    head up the body that is the primary decision maker for the college. He
    is sending a message that although we are a predominantly Black
    institution, it will take a white person to give you the vision and
    leadership to take the college to the ‘promised land’ of education. That
    is the ‘plantation’ type mentality.”[/QUOTE]

    So Whites and other Nonblacks should never be the head body of a Black college institution. So basically the group “Friends Of Roxbury Community College” is anti-racial diversity and pro-racial segregation.

    When will The Southern Poverty Law Center label them a hate group ?

    • Mr. E

      “So Whites and other Nonblacks should never be the head body of a Black college institution.”

      Broader. They mean to suggest that a non-black should never be the head or representative of anything that is majority black, whether that be a school head, a mayor, or a Congressional Representative. Look for there to be pressure when David Stern retires as NBA Commissioner for the next commissioner to be black.

      • Puggg

        Stern’s successor was already pre-ordained at about the moment Stern announced his retirement date:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Silver

      • Jefferson

        Shockingly, the current mayor of New Orleans is White. Isn’t it “racist” for a White man to rule over a Chocolate city. It will bring back memories of slavery.

      • Erasmus

        Broader. They mean to suggest that a non-black should never be the head or representative of anything that is majority black…

        Fine by me. Then in a spirit of equality nobody but a gentile white should be in charge of a country or institutions that are gentile white.

    • The__Bobster

      So Whites and other Nonblacks should never be the head body of a Black college institution.
      __________

      Sounds good to me as long as spoonies are barred from heading any White institutions.

    • Xerxes22

      When will The Southern Poverty Law Center start labeling them a hate group?
      ——————————————————————————————————
      When they do or say something anti-Semitic.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “But Kambon said the governor’s decision to appoint Chertavian chairman
    was the wrong move and that Roxbury residents need to see a person who
    “looks like us” in that leadership position.”

    Blacks are about as tolerant as a hungry Great White shark eying a wounded seal.

    • Jefferson

      When it comes to Blacks, tolerance is a one way street for them. They want Whites to tolerate them, but they do not want to tolerate Whites in return. They are a selfish bunch.

      • The__Bobster

        We could learn something from them.

  • The__Bobster

    He is sending a message that although we are a predominantly Black institution, it will take a white person to give you the vision and leadership to take the college to the ‘promised land’ of education.
    ____________

    Yeah, that sounds about right. Can you name a Chocolate City that actually works? How about a Historically Black College?

  • Token Finn

    I guess it would be racist to have a black president then. The prez would have to be 12% black at most.

    • Jefferson

      12 percent like an Octoroon. African Americans would complain that an Octoroon president does not look physically Black enough from a phenotype standpoint. Especially since the average African American is genetically over 80 percent Black. An Octoroon would definitely not look like the average African American.

  • me

    The Bantus won’t be happy unless they’re in charge of everything, competence be damned!

  • PesachPatriot

    I fail to see how a community college is anything like a plantation, do bad students get whipped or something?….I’m also pretty sure there weren’t many plantations or slaves in Boston or the state of Massachusetts since the soil was far too rocky and the weather way too cold for growing cotton or tobacco …. The only slave in that area I can think of off the top of my head is Tituba from the Salem witch trial story and that was some 300 years ago….Even in the south I don’t think there were many armenian slave owners or overseers. The 13% have been free for 150 years now, why does everything always have to something to do with slavery that no living black person in america has ever experienced?

  • Frank Wheeler

    Heaven forbid that this institution is headed by someone who demands accountability and results. If the college is run by someone who looks like a typical student then the leadership can always use the race card and deflect responsibility especially here in ultra-liberal New England. Then again maybe the administration is doing this man a favor by preempting a thankless headache of a job of trying to lead adults who will inevitably act like unruly petulant children with a sense of entitlement.

  • Dr. X

    Don’t sweat it, folks. I guarantee you that a degree from Roxbury Community College is worthless no matter who runs the place. It’s not as if Roxbury C.C. is producing the nation’s nuclear physicists, you know. I’d be willing to bet good money that 99% of the student body is majoring in “African American Studies” or some such rotgut because they couldn’t get a D in high school physics without social promotion. I once worked at a community college at which the biggest department was the remedial education department. You should be upset because the whole place is probably a tax-wasting boondoggle staffed by patronage hires that only serves to feed the affirmative-action conveyor belt.

  • ViktorNN

    If it’s okay for blacks to only have blacks run their majority-black schools, then it’s only fair that only whites run majority-white schools.

  • StillModerated

    Mr Chertavian should change his first name to Shitavious.

  • WR_the_realist

    Let me paraphrase that statement:

    It is insulting for Democrats to elect a black person to hold the office that is the primary decision maker for the United States. He is sending a message that although we are a predominantly White nation, it will take a black person to give you the vision and leadership to take the nation to the ‘promised land’ of socialism. That is the ‘plantation’ type mentality.”

  • Rusty Shackelford

    Mr. Kambon fails to realize that whenever somebody that “looks like us” is in a leadership position, bad things usually happen.
    Rather than have the best person for the job, regardless of race, in the position, they’d rather have a lesser qualified black candidate. Outcomes be damned, if it ain’t black, it’s wack!

  • Fr. John+

    And why is THIS, not ‘racism’?

    Oh, yes. Dinesh D’Souza said so in his 1991 book: as one of those protesting my talk at a local liberal college noted, when I asked, Am I a racist? His response was ‘Oh, no, ONLY WHITES CAN BE RACIST.”

    If this is the creed of the new ‘religion’ of Negro Supremacism, let me be the first to say, “Sorry, NOT MY religion.”

  • Funruffian

    Why would a WHite man want to work in a predominantly Black environment? Especially an environment where the average Reading comprehension level of each student is of a 3rd grader? It’s a blessing in disguise that he was rejected for being White. It further proves how racist these uppity Negroes can be and places them in a position to perpetuate their own failures and dysfunction.

  • Exoplanet Finder

    If it was a plantation these Negroes would be working, whether the owners were white, Arab, black or Asian. They’re not, ergo, its not a plantation.

  • Paleoconn

    Well then I object to a black President ruling over a majority White country.