Hillsdale President Gets Heat over Racial Remark

Lori Higgins and David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, July 31, 2013

The president of Hillsdale College took heat from several lawmakers during a hearing today in which he said state officials visited his campus to determine whether enough “dark ones” were enrolled.

Larry Arnn, the president of the private college, made the comments during a subcommittee hearing on Michigan’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards. Arnn, who spoke in opposition of the standards, prefaced his comments by describing an experience when he began as president in 2000 in which state officials criticized his college for, as he said, not having enough “dark” students.

The criticism, he said, was part of a 35-page report from the Michigan Department of Education that also said the college violated the standard for global and multicultural curricula “because we teach Western civilization.”

Arnn made his comments before he addressed concerns about the Common Core standards, saying the earlier experience with the MDE “makes me skeptical about these state standards and increasing control from the state and federal government.” When it was time for lawmakers on the committee to ask questions, several Democrats said they found his earlier comments offensive.

“You’re the president of a college. I would expect better out of you,” said Rep. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights, who later in the day called on Arnn to apologize.

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The controversy was addressed in a statement released late in the afternoon by Hillsdale.

“No offense was intended by the use of that term except to the offending bureaucrats, and Dr. Arnn is sorry if such offense was honestly taken. But the greater concern, he believes, is the state-endorsed racism the story illustrates.” That state-endorsed racism, college officials said, is attempts by federal and state officials to force Hillsdale to count its students by race.

During the hearing, Arnn tried to explain that his school’s charter says the college will accept students without regard to race. And indeed, the college was the first in the U.S. to prohibit in its charter discrimination by race, religion or gender. But he was cut off.

Later, subcommittee Chairman Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw Township, asked Arnn whether he wanted to clarify his comments.

Arnn said the state of Michigan—several weeks before he became president in 2000—sent a group of people to his campus with clipboards to “look at the colors of people’s faces and write down what they saw.”

Arnn said his college doesn’t keep those kinds of records.

“What were they looking for besides dark ones?” Arnn asked.

Jan Ellis, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Education, said the department has never sent anyone to Hillsdale to identify students by race.

The MDE last year rated the college’s teacher preparation program as “at-risk” in large part because of a lack of diversity in the program. Diversity is one of a number of factors the MDE uses to rate all teacher prep programs in the state.

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Rev. Charles Williams II, president of the Michigan chapter of the National Action Network, said he is calling on Hillsdale board members and major funders to speak against Arnn’s comments. If they don’t, he said, “we will be very strategic in how we deal with any of their industries or venues.”

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The conservative Hillsdale College, founded in 1844, is famous for rejecting all federal and state funding to help guarantee its independence.

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  • ravitchn

    Is the Pope Catholic?

  • David Ashton

    Western Civilization is “racist”.
    According to a BBC Multicultural Education Handbook we had in “English” schools – four decades ago! – “The English language itself is racist”. “Well, it is,” said my Head of Department after I moved from the London frying-pan into the Norfolk fire.
    “Only white people can be racist.”
    “The different are [only] socially welcome if they adopt the civilities…represented by whiteness” (David Theo Goldberg).
    “Coffee without milk.”
    The National Association for the Advancement of….?

    • If only white people can be racist, I’m making up for several major countries on my own. Pick up the slack, please.

    • Sick of it

      Anyone who says western civilization or a western language is racist should immediately be deported to a third world country with their citizenship revoked.

  • jane johnson

    The National Action Network is Sharpton’s outfit, so the “Rev.” Williams III is looking for a handout, not a hand up.

    • borogirl54

      He gets one whenever one of his “causes” wins some money in a lawsuit.

  • Spartacus

    “David Knezek”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Need I point out the obvious ?

    • Luca

      Oy vey, what could you possibly mean?

      • Sick of it

        I imagine it will vanish shortly.

        • Spartacus

          It already has…

  • Oil Can Harry

    Hillsdale College teaches Western Civilazation, has high academic standards and doesn’t discriminate against whites.

    They MUST be destroyed.

    • borogirl54

      Guess what? They are also not funded by the taxpayer. They provide their own financial assistance to their students.

  • bigone4u

    This vile outrage offers an opportunity for conservatives, libertarians, race realists, and other freedom fighters to band together. The government has no business telling a private college what its values should be and what its curriculum must teach. Every passing day sees the current dicatorship growing ever more hostile to the majorityand reckless in its exercise of power. The people are like a hibernating bear. When the bear wakes up, he’s going to be mighty hungry and mighty teed off. He might just eat a few politicians to prove he can.

    • Funruffian

      I sure hope so, but the Leftards use very cunning and underhanded tactics to oppress private organizations. They simply race-bait. It doesn’t take a genius to do what they do. All it takes is for some PC scumbag to try and keep his job under the Marxist regime and use the simplistic and egregious tactics or crying racism.

  • Luca

    I encourage everyone here to tell their friends to read the Hillsdale College website and then to contribute. The Liberal onslaught they are about to face will be expensive.

    • jane johnson

      Levin was talking about Hillsdale on his show tonight, and some new (free) classes on the Constitution that they will be offering soon. I believe that Hillsdale needs a White Student Union to stand up to the race hustlers.

      • Luca

        It’s simply disgusting the way liberals faint away and are so-o-o offended at anyone who doesn’t speak the PC language, with proper PC sentences, phrases and context according to their unwritten guidelines. They make this stuff up as they go whenever they can’t think of a response with substance, which is pretty much always.

        The word “Dark” is not offensive nor would it be considered condescending anywhere in this galaxy except in the mind of a Lefty.

        Hillsdale only needs to stand its ground on this issue, I only fear it will be expensive. This is a worthwhile institution to contribute to if you can.

        • jane johnson

          You’ve given me an idea. “Stand Our Ground” is a great rallying cry for our cause, especially since we’re running out of places to go in order to avoid the groids anyway, and judging by the hysteria that they create in some quarters, the words themselves seem to have some powerful mojo.

      • ShermanTMcCoy

        Levin may be a color-blind (semi)neocon, but he does have it right on Constitutional issues.

        • jane johnson

          Immigration and guns, also.

    • Romulus

      Will do! Thanks for the heads up!

  • Stentorian_Commentator

    The check is in the mail.
    I won’t . . . in your mouth.
    The IRS did not single out Tea Party groups for harassment.
    And the Michigan Department of Education did not send anyone to Hillsdale.
    Yeah! Right!

    • jane johnson

      “We’re with the government, and we’re here to help you.”

  • The MDE last year rated the college’s teacher preparation program as “at-risk” in large part because of a lack of diversity in the program.

    I don’t understand what it at risk for. Now there are quotas for degree programs?

    The conservative Hillsdale College, founded in 1844, is famous for rejecting all federal and state funding to help guarantee its independence.

    What a world this would be if more everything adopted this philosophy — states, counties, cities, corporations. Sorry federal government, I realize when make the best gizmos, but we do not subscribe to your die-versity and we are not going to bid on your project because we don’t care to do business with you.

  • borogirl54

    If he had called them “people of color” that would have been okay. What if there are not very many “dark” students that applied to that school in the first place? What is the State of Michigan going to do? Force dark skinned students to apply?

    • dukem1

      The way they do it is to coerce the schools to enroll them, by any means necessary.
      Scholarships, grants, “outreach” , lowering academic credentials…anything that can be done to make the place look more diverse…and what happens is the schools do all this, get the lousy students enrolled, and half of them flunk out or quit after a year or two…
      There is absolutely no way to reason with the educationist establishment.
      Hillsdale College is a place for a young student to go and get a good education, with, as stated, an emphasis on Western Civilization. One of the few, if not the only such enterprise.
      Methinks someone does not value diversity as much as claimed.
      I apologize in advance for overstating the obvious.

      • borogirl54

        I know but do the schools get blamed when these students fail and drop out? Or they either leave because the school and the community is too white.

  • MekongDelta69

    Those Komissars of Kolor with their Krazy Klipboards are at it again.
    “Ve need to zee your paperz pleez.”

    Arnn should tell then to ‘get bent.’ That’s why Hillsdale and Grove City are (about) the only two decent colleges left in this ‘Marxist Paradise.’ This is precisely why they don’t accept federal or state funding.

  • How about “Fecal-Americans”?

  • APaige

    Diversity is a factor that the Michigan Department of Education considers when rateing a teacher prep program? Just look at the passing rate for the certification exams-that will give you a clue.

    • dukem1

      Just look at the passing rates for the kids taught by the tools that can barely get certified.

    • Jefferson

      The Michigan Department of Education must be extremely happy with all of the vibrant dieversity that is present in Detroit’s public schools.

      • Alexandra1973

        Back in the 70s the principal’s office had bullet-proof glass from what I’m told. It was vibrant back then.

  • Bob

    Myself, I’d probably have used the term “sh!t skins” or something like that.

  • Puggg

    Rev. Charles Williams II, president of the Michigan chapter of the National Action Network, said he is calling on Hillsdale board members and major funders to speak against Arnn’s comments. If they don’t, he said, “we will be very strategic in how we deal with any of their industries or venues.”

    Hillsdale’s major funders give money to Hillsdale for a reason, and it’s not anything that some fake “revvund” is going to thwart.

    The MDE last year rated the college’s teacher preparation program as “at-risk” in large part because of a lack of diversity in the program. Diversity is one of a number of factors the MDE uses to rate all teacher prep programs in the state.

    You know what this means? If Hillsdale’s normal school isn’t certified, then Hillsdale graduates who majored in Ed won’t be able to teach in the Detroit Public Schools.

    Bite your tongue really hard.

    • Irishgirl

      I have little doubt as to what race “Rev. Charles Williams II” is. Really, sometimes this is just too easy.

  • Hillsdale College is politically biased toward lamestream conservatism. So you’ll have as many non-whites interested in going there as you’ll find trees on Pluto. To complicate matters, HC doesn’t accept students who use Federal or state loans or grants as part of their tuition financing package, to prevent governments from using that as an “in” to require HC to do this or that.

    Arnn tried to genuflect to race blindness and race neutrality, but nobody was buying it. He may not care about race, but race cares about him.

  • MBlanc46

    I just don’t understand what business the state of Michigan has having “Common Core State Standards” for private institutions of higher education. Or public ones, for that matter. Curriculum and standards should be for faculties to determine, not bureaucrats.

  • exLibtard

    Black people are so thin-skinned.

    • gemjunior

      They are the worst pack of sissy marys and big babies I’ve ever seen. What a bunch of whining, crying, complaining, malcontents they are; have always been. I curse the day they were brought here because some lazy idiots thought it would be a good thing. Well, we are the ones paying for it, as our next few generations will pay even worse because of the white sheeple who won’t even SPEAK out against them let alone DO anything.

      • exLibtard

        All because our ancestors didn’t want to pick their own cotton!

      • Jared Arrevois

        Well stated.

  • Bo_Sears

    The lesson to be drawn is that our naming, labeling, defining, or describing the other will almost always be punished socially when we do it. Any name, any time, any forum. Because that is so, it is no great loss to stop our naming of the other. It’s not hard.

    The payoff is that we can attackback very aggressively at anyone outside our group when they name us….the media won’t care to publicize the attackback, but we have the weapons to name and shame so long as the attackback is against to the individual or the institution, and not the demographic affinity group of the slanderer.

    We just have different rules for educating those who claim the supremacist power to name us. It’s just the way things are now, but that’s no excuse to drop out and accept silence.

    Web site: ResistingDefamation [dot] org
    Facebook: Resisting.Defamation

  • Erasmus

    You can still get a real education at Hillsdale.

    You can either try to enroll dark ones or educate people. You can’t effectively do both.

    • SimianBrowse

      I believe you have hit the proverbial nail on the head, sir!

    • WR_the_realist

      If you want a liberal arts education Hillsdale College is an excellent choice. Alas, they aren’t so strong if your interests are mathematics and the natural sciences. There the big research universities have the edge, but the big universities also have the full diversity apparatus. Ironically, if you look at the math and science classrooms in those big universities with the full diversity apparatus about the only diversity you will see is lots of Asian students.

  • Erasmus

    If you’re ever assaulted, mugged. raped or, (God forbid), murdered by an unknown assailant, it’s very likely that he looks a lot like Barack Obama.

    • gemjunior

      He might look like he could be his son….

  • Transpower

    I thought Hillsdale College was purely private and did not accept any Federal or State aid. Therefore,who is the Michigan Department of Education to critique Hillsdale? Their only responsibility here is to prosecute force, theft, or fraud.

  • cwhutchins

    What’s the problem?

  • StillModerated

    Children of Darkness, perhaps.

    And I loved the way Hillsdale honchos boasted of being early on the political correctness bandwagon way back in the 19th Century, only to be accused of being “intolerant” anyway. You can’t win with these tossers.

  • WR_the_realist

    Jan Ellis, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Education, said
    the department has never sent anyone to Hillsdale to identify students
    by race.

    I am certain Jan Ellis lied.

    Even though Hillsdale College accepts no state or federal money, it still has to maintain its accreditation. I’m sure that is the mechanism by which the left will impose diversity uber alles.