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Outgoing Diversity Coordinator at U. Louisville Accuses School of Supporting White Supremacy

Outgoing Diversity Coordinator at U. Louisville Accuses School of Supporting White Supremacy

He described people of color at UL as “tokenized scapegoat(s).”

What better way to let future employers know what a great employee you would be.

The College Fix reports:

Diversity coordinator rips U. Louisville: ‘incapable of being treasonous to white supremacy’

The program coordinator of the University of Louisville’s Health Sciences Center Office of Diversity and Inclusion recently blasted the school, saying it is “incapable of being treasonous to white supremacy.”

In his departure letter, Xian Brooks asserts UL engages in “performative social justice,” “constantly gaslights” and has an “overwhelming lack of transparency.”

The Courier Journal reports that Brooks, who identifies as “black, queer [and] trans,” is exiting UL after just two years at the school — like, as he says in his letter, “many people [his] age, race, sexual orientation and or gender identity.”

The diversity official said he believes people of color at the the [sic] university are “‘tokenized scapegoat(s)’ who apologize for the university when a mistake is made but have ‘no real power.’”

Brooks (left) also has an issue with UL’s ties to U.S. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, especially his comment that the year 1619 isn’t of much significance to U.S. history. (Ironically, UL criticized McConnell for the remark.)

Further, Brooks is miffed at UL’s relationship to the Louisville Metro Police, and at the school’s marching band for playing “My Old Kentucky Home” at this year’s Kentucky Derby.

(Regarding the latter, it seems the main objection critics have to the song, written in 1853, is that it was used in minstrel shows. Smithsonian Magazine notes the song actually is a “condemnation of Kentucky’s slaveholders” ; even Frederick Douglass once wrote it “awakens sympathies for the slave, in which antislavery principles take root, grow, and flourish.”)

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This is a lesson no one in academia is likely to learn. Pay people to tell you how oppressive you are, and they will do exactly that. Even when it’s not their job anymore.

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