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Students Protest When White Man is Appointed Dean of College Named for Gwen Ifill

Students Protest When White Man is Appointed Dean of College Named for Gwen Ifill

“would have been my preference that a person of color had been in the role”

Simmons College named their new media college after Gwen Ifill, an African-American journalist who passed away two years ago. A white man has been appointed dean and that’s apparently a problem.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

Protests ensue after first dean of college named for Gwen Ifill is a white man

The appointment of a white Loyola University Maryland administrator as the dean of a new center that honors Gwen Ifill, the late African-American host of the “PBS News Hour,” has become the focus of criticism at Simmons University.

Brian Norman, who founded the African-American studies program at Loyola, was named dean of the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and the Humanities at Simmons in April. Since then, the university has had to cancel a series of events this fall meant to inaugurate the new college that was announced after Ifill’s death two years ago from cancer.

Ifill, a 1977 graduate of Simmons, was known for her fierce mentorship of young, black journalists. She was a former Evening Sun reporter, covered seven presidential campaigns as a correspondent for NBC News and was a White House reporter for The New York Times. She also moderated two vice-presidential debates, in 2004 and 2008, and wrote a book, “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”

A year after Ifill’s death in November 2016, Simmons decided to name a new school in her honor. When alumni and students learned that Simmons had hired a white man to be the first dean of the college, they expressed disappointment that Ifill’s pioneering spirit was not represented in the selection.

Alumna Juliette Mayer said she was disheartened by the naming of a white man to the position.

“Given who she was and what she stood for and in honor of her memory, it would have been my preference that a person of color had been in the role,” said Mayer who was the first recipient of the Gwen Ifill Trail Blazing Leadership Award given last spring by the university.

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Tell them it is for Diversity, blessings be upon it, and For the Children. By the time the smoke stops coming out their ears, it won’t matter.

JusticeDelivered | October 15, 2018 at 4:04 pm

Is it my imagination, or are blacks hands down the most rabid racists in America today? It really is time to make everything race neutral, and to hire, or admit to college only on merit. Part of that effort should be about teaching what it means to be good parents. Any and every child needs parents who stress education in an age appropriate manner from the time they are born, they need a balance of love and discipline until they understand self discipline.

. . . they expressed disappointment that Ifill’s pioneering spirit was not represented in the selection.

So blatant racism and Affirmative Action are now manifestations of “pioneering spirit,” huh?

Every one of those students should be expelled for overt racism.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Matt_SE. | October 15, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    A better idea: see how many of the complainers are quote admissions and how many are actually “college material”.

johnnycab23513 | October 15, 2018 at 5:53 pm

Race is more important than qualifications. That is how the cry baby’s got into college!

The Friendly Grizzly | October 15, 2018 at 7:27 pm

If the students object, they should withdraw, and go home. One home, apply to Morehouse, Fisk, Grambling, and Meherry.

How surprising, a bunch of racist Negroes.

“was known for her fierce mentorship of young, black journalists”
So she was a racist and the students there want to continue in the same racist way. Nothing to see here.

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