Most Read
Image 01 Image 02 Image 03

Ball State Prof Urges School to Disinvite MLK Jr. Day Speaker

Ball State Prof Urges School to Disinvite MLK Jr. Day Speaker

“None of his talks are positive and unifying … his talks make me sick to my stomach.”

The school has invited Michael Eric Dyson to speak. One professor is objecting on the grounds that Dyson is a divisive figure.

The Star Press reports:

Prof urges BSU to disinvite MLK speaker

A Ball State University professor is calling the school’s choice of a Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Week speaker “a disgrace.”

MLK admirer Ramon Avila, the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Marketing at BSU, told university officials that “it is a disgrace for BSU to honor Dr. King with a man that is known to be so polarizing.”

Avila was referring to MLK speaker Michael Eric Dyson, a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and reportedly one of the 150 most influential African Americans in the nation.

“Dr. Dyson uses the N-word regularly because he can,” Avila wrote to BSU officials. “You can look him up on YouTube or on the web. None of his talks are positive and unifying … his talks make me sick to my stomach. In light of what the campus went through with John Schnatter, this is a bad message to send across our campus.”

After it was disclosed last year that BSU alumnus “Papa John” Schnatter had said the N-word, Ball State in August stripped his name from an institute and from a distinguished professorship of free enterprise. The school also returned a Schnatter Family Foundation gift of more than $2 million. Many older alumni defended Schnatter.

DONATE

Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.

Comments

“it is a disgrace for BSU to honor Dr. King with a man that is known to be so polarizing.”

In his time, King was quite polarizing himself. We honor him now anyway.

Font Resize
Contrast Mode
Send this to a friend