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College Recruiter Out of Job After Allegedly Asking Students to Line Up by Skin Color and Hair Texture

College Recruiter Out of Job After Allegedly Asking Students to Line Up by Skin Color and Hair Texture

“He led a racist activity that was offensive, harmful and inappropriate.”

If the alleged conduct took place, what was this person thinking? Did he want to lose his job?

CNN reports:

An Oklahoma college recruiter is out of a job after he asked high schoolers to line up by skin color and hair texture

Students at an Oklahoma City high school say a college recruiter told them to line up by skin color and then by whether their hair was “nappy” or straight.

The recruiter was speaking to the entire 11th grade class at Harding Charter Preparatory High School on February 24, according to a statement on the high school’s Facebook page.

The recruiter from Oklahoma Christian University has not been identified, but the university said it did not approve the inappropriate activity before the event.

“He led a racist activity that was offensive, harmful and inappropriate. I’m embarrassed and I’m ashamed and I’m mad at what happened and I’m very, very sorry,” Oklahoma Christian University President John deSteiguer said at a meeting Sunday. “Within an hour after the school visit, the admissions counselor was no longer employed at the university.”

A spokeswoman for the university would not say whether the recruiter was fired or resigned.

“The OC admissions counselor who visited Harding Charter Preparatory Academy on Monday is no longer an Oklahoma Christian University employee,” the university said in a statement. “OC admissions leadership did not approve the inappropriate activity in advance and has communicated closely with Harding administration since the visit.”

Students said the assembly upset them.

“He was like, ‘Let’s play a little game,'” one student told CNN affiliate KFOR. “He said, ‘OK, everyone now line up from darkest to lightest skin complexion.'”


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Calypso Facto | March 3, 2020 at 12:26 pm

Oops. He said the quiet part of affirmative action out loud.

The Friendly Grizzly | March 3, 2020 at 12:42 pm

He wasn’t supposed to notice except on their applications.

It would have been OK (pun not intended) if he had included “starting with 1/1024 on the left.”

You know what I hate about stories like this? So little context or content! For crying out loud, did he line them up and leave the room, or was there some point to it? Maybe whatever his point was makes the whole thing even worse, but I would love the whole story. When we only get part of the story I am always suspicious of motives.

IneedAhaircut | March 3, 2020 at 2:37 pm

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

    DSHornet in reply to IneedAhaircut. | March 4, 2020 at 9:07 am

    But if you remind the race baiters of those words, their reaction will range from a deer-in-the-headlights stare to outright rage.

We look in shock and say “what sort of loser would do something like that?” Such a loser could never get a job anywhere, right?

But he did get a job, in a college admissions office. What sort of losers are reading college admission applications and deciding students’ futures? While not all colleges are the same, I have little confidence about the system in general. Their work is not transparent and not visible. Who knows how they make their decisions, and how worthy are the people making the decisions?

We need far more transparency in college admissions.

Broke the first rule of intersectional bigotry.

He most certainly was identified in the denominational newspaper connected to his former employer. CNN merely paraphrased their coverage. See: