Political junkie. The opposite of “racist” isn’t “not racist.” It is “antiracist.”. Too many syllabi feature perspectives that reflect and reinforce white privilege. Too many people continue to pose defiantly with Confederate flags to frame white supremacy as tradition and heritage. University demands students ‘pledge to practice antiracist behaviors’ in disturbing BLM endorsement. As Blackman noted on Thursday, “There is no way to verify that people who submit their names are in fact students or employed by USM. The president of Southern Maine University last week asked faculty members and students to sign a statement acknowledging “Black Lives Matter, and pledge to participate in “anti-racism behaviors.”. But it is indifferent or ignores (deliberately or accidentally) a critical fact. Attend workshops, events and conferences that focus on race-related issues. It hurts the integrity of academic freedom,” the professor said. “What’s worse? We are now told it’s not good enough anymore to simply not be a racist, to simply treat everyone equally, with disregard to race. Huckabee’s guest — also a constitutional lawyer — said the pledge is neither legal nor constitutional, as did Blackman. University of Southern Maine is publishing the names of people who sign statement supporting Black Lives Matter; John Eastman, senior fellow at C University asks students, staff to sign statement supporting BLM; is that legal? And let’s assume we can narrow down the submissions to those who actually attend, or work for, the university. Universities cannot prescribe what shall be orthodox.”, Southern Maine University is a public university and as such, is partially-funded by taxpayers. Insufferable pizza snob. This was released as part of a … If appropriate, become involved with the Intercultural and Diversity Advisory Council (IDAC) and the Faculty and Staff of Color Association (FSOCA). As University of Chicago Law School professor Brian Leiter writes about Cummings and USM’s pledge: “You can’t call on members of the community to sign an ‘anti-racism pledge,’ just like you can’t call on them to sign a loyalty oath to American capitalism. The names of those who pledge to practice antiracist behaviors are being collected so that we may provide the USM community, at a future date, an aggregate-level report of the number of people who pledge.”. It is so much more massive and all-inclusive.”, Lewis also made this firm prediction about the Movement’s impact: “There will be no turning back.”. University asks students to ‘pledge to practice antiracist behaviors’ in full-throated endorsement of BLM movement The President’s Cabinet of the University of Southern Maine, including President Glenn Cummings and several other administrators, sent a message to its students pledging its support of the Black Lives Matter movement and encouraging students to do the same. The University President asked the faculty and students to sign a statement pledging to PARTICIPATE in “anti-racism behaviors.” It’s not enough that universities deny your free speech rights, now they plan to control your physical actions. Kendi advances arguments in favor of affirmative action that the Supreme Court rejected three decades ago in City of Richmond v. J.A. Dr. Glenn Cummings posted an open letter on the university website titled “Black Lives Matter Statement and Antiracism Pledge,” which follows, in part. We must now become proactively anti-racist, and actively participate in “anti-racist activities” concocted by agenda-driven Leftists who see “systemic racism” and “white supremacy” everywhere they look. ... Bates College, and the University of Southern Maine, and conducted research at the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona.