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Virginia Military Institute Contemplates Adding Racial Sensitivity Training

Virginia Military Institute Contemplates Adding Racial Sensitivity Training

“If VMI refuses to think critically about its past and present, and to confront how racial and ethnic minorities and women experience VMI, it will remain a school for white men”

The military should be exempt from woke nonsense. It does nothing to make us safer.

The College Fix reports:

Virginia Military Institute looks to add racial sensitivity training, diversify itself

The Virginia Military Institute is looking into adding racial sensitivity training and increasing the number of cadets and faculty of color in the wake of an investigation into the 182-year-old school that found it still favors white men.

The Barnes & Thornburg law firm recently completed a six-month investigation into the Virginia Military Institute and found that “racial and gender disparities in how cadets are treated persist.”

However, the investigation did not identify conclusive violations of Title VI or Title IX, and what’s more, several cadets and alumni reported that they believe minorities and women are promoted over more qualified white male candidates in order to fill diversity quotas.

But the 152-page report stated “VMI has also traditionally been run by white men, for white men.”

“VMI’s overall unwillingness to change—or even question its practices and traditions in a meaningful way—has sustained systems that disadvantage minority and female cadets and faculty, and has left VMI trailing behind its peer institutions.”

The investigation had been ordered by Gov. Ralph Northam and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

“If VMI refuses to think critically about its past and present, and to confront how racial and ethnic minorities and women experience VMI, it will remain a school for white men,” the Barnes & Thornburg report stated.

In response, VMI’s Board of Visitors released a statement June 2 that it will work to implement most of the recommendations from the report.

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I doubt VMI wants to disadvantage anyone. But it has done rather well as “a school for white men”, if that’s what it is. Changing could make it worse.

“it will remain a school for white men”

They fail to explain the problem.

“You need to straighten up and fly right, Junior, or it’s military school for you!”

“No, Dad! Anything but woke sensitivity training! I promise I’ll be good!”

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