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Old 02-16-2004, 09:56 PM   #31
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OK, the picture and bleaching comment was rediculous and I'm not sure where they were going with that, but I don't see the harm in being asked to comment on white heritage. Many scholarships offered to minorities ask them to comment on their heritage. Just because someone is proud of who they are doesn't give anyone else the right to automatically assume they're a racist.
Is there a true "white heritage"? They aren't asking Irish, German, etc. Just white. It sounds just a little too aryan race too me.
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Is there a true "white heritage"? They aren't asking Irish, German, etc. Just white. It sounds just a little too aryan race too me.
If I was asked to write about my white heritage, I'd talk about being Dutch. I'd discuss how I was raised and what traditions my family still follows, etc. It's the same as being asked to discuss one's African-American heritage. Think of how many countries and how many tribes there are in Africa and how different they can be. The same thing with Native Americans. If there are scholarships for African-Americans and Native Americans, why not European Americans?
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Old 02-16-2004, 11:22 PM   #33
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College offer ripped by GOP

State Republican Chairwoman Patricia Morgan sees "racist overtones" in a whites-only scholarship sponsored by the College Republicans of Roger Williams University.


01:00 AM EST on Tuesday, February 17, 2004


BY ALEX KUFFNER
Journal Staff Writer



BRISTOL -- A whites-only scholarship being offered by the College Republicans at Roger Williams University is "disturbing," says the state's Republican chairwoman.

"It does not move us forward in a reasonable debate over the issues," Patricia Morgan said yesterday.

She emphasized that the student group is not sponsored or supported by the state Republican Party.

Morgan responded after learning that the College Republicans are offering a scholarship -- which now stands at $250 -- that is only open to applicants who are white. The group created the scholarship as a statement against affirmative action. It is not endorsed by the university administration.

Though she did acknowledge that the debate over affirmative action is valid, she said the student group's tactics have "racist overtones."

"We have zero tolerance for racists in the Republican Party," she said. "I'm really appalled by the way they brought this up."

The College Republicans have been advertising the scholarship on their Web site over the past two weeks. They also took out an ad last week in the Hawk's Herald, the university's student newspaper.

The application for the scholarship asks for an essay explaining "why you are proud of your white heritage."

The scholarship recipient will be announced tomorrow night by Reginald Jones, a critic of affirmative action who is giving a lecture entitled, "How the civil-rights movement destroyed the black community."

The scholarship was originally for $50 but was increased after two donors each gave the College Republicans $100, said Jason Mattera, the group's president.

He said yesterday he had received "at least 10" more offers of money for the scholarship.

"This really blew up," he said.

Also yesterday, Roger Williams University's College Democrats responded to the scholarship offer.

"The College Democrats are shocked at the sheer naked hypocrisy of Jason Mattera and his extremist organization," said William Keefe Sandler, the acting president of the College Democrats. "If he truly believes in the message of his publicity stunt, I ask that he return the thousands of dollars he has received in his ethnic scholarship."

Mattera, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Hispanic College Fund. He also receives an $8,000 annual scholarship from Roger Williams.

He has said he received the money because of his academic achievement and not his ethnicity.

Sandler said the College Republicans' initiative has offended other students at the university.

"It sullies the reputation of our school," he said.
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And Mattera contends that his ethnic background only strengthens his position.

"No matter what my ethnicity is, I'm making a statement that scholarships should be given out based on merit and need," says Mattera, whose group also includes a Cuban and a Guatemalan. He says they support the white scholarship.

Roger Williams offers a handful of minority scholarships. They are paid for by either private foundations or families. The vast majority of the university's scholarships are open to all students, regardless of race, and many benefit from them.

According to Lynn Fawthrop, the university's vice president for enrollment management, a third of the university's 3,400 students receive annual scholarships of between $4,000 and $15,000.

THE COLLEGE REPUBLICANS thought up the white scholarship last spring when the university's Intercultural Center sent out a list of scholarships available to minorities.

Group members donated their personal money for the scholarship, and they waited until Jones' visit to offer it.

He was invited, the Republicans say, in observance of Black History Month. A poster announcing his visit says that "Black History Month is a ploy to spread socialism."

The topic of his lecture Wednesday evening? "How the civil-rights movement destroyed the black community."

Mattera says he has received several scholarship applications. Jones will announce the recipient of the scholarship before his talk.

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"How the civil-rights movement destroyed the black community."

But I'm sure that segregation and societally ignored lynchings were somehow positive?

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I'm also glad to see that the state GOP chairwoman has spoken out against the scholarship.

In fact, on another subject, Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) is, at a quick glance, one of the few Republicans I could actually see myself voting for. Maybe.

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"How the civil-rights movement destroyed the black community."

But I'm sure that segregation and societally ignored lynchings were somehow positive?

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I am betting that is not the main point he will be making there.
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"Uncle Tom" Visits UW, Discusses Failures of Civil Rights Movement

by Alex Chan

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On Wednesday, February 13, Reginald Jones, a 20-year veteran of the entertainment industry and host of the national show “Grassroots Live,” spoke in front of 160 people in Kane Hall. His talk was sponsored by the College Republicans.
Reginald Jones talks with audience members after his presentation


The presentation was often filled with jokes, but also contained powerful statements that brought roars of applause from the crowd. His speech, titled Betrayal: Sold Out by the Civil Rights Movement, was mainly about how the black movement in the United States is often misled and misinformed. He spoke about everything from Bill Clinton to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest as he outlined his views on the current black plight.

Jones started off his speech by showing a poster promoting his event on campus. The words “Uncle Tom” were written across the poster, but Jones simply shrugged it off by saying that derogatory messages such as these made him stronger. He pointed out that those who did not endorse prevalent black ideas, such as supporting the Democratic party, would always be labeled racist and sell-outs by the black community.

The speaker abhorred the prevalent notion in black culture that Bill Clinton and the Democratic party are out there to save black society. According to Jones, Clinton and his administration were the biggest perpetrators of racial profiling, as they were the ones who started it. He constantly attacked Clinton’s racial ethics as he explained that the former president, when governor of Arkansas, was sued for racial profiling.

He expressed his anger at the leadership, expectations, and priorities of the black community. Current black leadership is fundamentally flawed, he said - “The leadership has a Marxist mind in a capitalistic society”.

Jones feels that blacks have lowered their expectations. They actually believe that they can’t be anything except athletes and rappers. Jones expressed his conviction that there are opportunities and his disappointment that blacks aren’t taking advantage of them. He stressed that excellence, rather than diversity, counts.

The speaker expressed his greatest dissatisfaction with the misplaced priorities of black society. Blacks were more concerned with the crisis in Veagas than the bombing of innocent blacks in Sudan, he said.

During Black History month, blacks dwell too much on slavery and Jim Crow laws, and don’t take into account the many inventions by black men, such as the lawn mower and the pencil sharpener. Jones gave an example of how skewed black priorities are: there was a long line of blacks waiting for a pair of sneakers in White Plains, an all-white neighborhood.

“This liberal nonsense is not working. They are destroying our families,” Jones said. He concluded his speech with a mantra on hard work and how he worked harder than everybody to achieve what he has today. He didn’t want to end up another statistic.

Jones took several questions from the audience. One woman asked whether he was worried about the huge disparity between whites and blacks in SAT scores. Jones responded by saying that these standardized tests don’t tell the whole story, as analytical intelligence isn’t everything.

A black female asked what Republicans should do to gain more support from mostly liberal black society. Jones, who is a Libertarian, said that current Republican policies such as school choice are on the right track. He also agreed with the Republican stance on family values. However, Jones disagreed with the Republican position on the war on drugs and expressed his disappointment with Bush’s axis of evil comment. Jones also restated that the Democrats are actually Marxists at heart.

Larry Kirby, a black republican in attendance, felt Jones was right when slamming the civil rights movement but didn’t agree with Jones’ opinion that blacks need a leader:

“All in all, I salute Jones for exposing the civil rights movement for the disgraceful sham that it has sadly become, but am disappointed that he tacitly girded his argument with much of the same old ‘rely on someone else’ model that has been a spectacular failure for 150 years. If I were Jones, I would be asking why 30 million perfectly intelligent and capable people need a leader to begin with.”

Overall, Reginald Jones was well-received by those who were in attendance.

“I think that he presented some very good problems that face our nation today. This allowed students to see beyond the liberal rhetoric that they receive here at the university,” remarked Chris Ramsey-Corry, student senator for the College Republicans.

The turnout at this event was double that at Reginald Jones’s first appearance at the UW in 1998. Probably most surprising was the absence of members of the Black Student Union and the Black Student Commission. When contacted by Right Turn, Anthony Walters, Director of the Black Student Commission, had this comment on Reginald Jones and his stance towards the Democratic Party:

“The only thing that has influence over the federal government is corporate dollars and money doesn’t have color. And for that guy to blame the Democratic Party for the problem of blacks is illogical.”
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