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NAACP to Universities: Sign ‘Diversity No Matter What’ Pledge After ‘Extreme’ Affirmative Action Decisions

NAACP to Universities: Sign ‘Diversity No Matter What’ Pledge After ‘Extreme’ Affirmative Action Decisions

To correct ‘the nation’s original sin,’ signatories pledge to abandon ‘racially biased entrance examinations’ and ‘legacy admissions’ while partnering with institutions ‘that have deeply rooted race-conscious missions.’

The NAACP has urged “more than 1,600 U.S. public and private colleges and universities with selective admissions” to sign its “Diversity No Matter What” pledge after the Supreme Court issued “extreme decisions reversing decades of precedent on affirmative action. Legal Insurrection has extensively covered the decisions referenced by the NAACP.

A press release from the group framed the pledge as “an effort to ensure that higher education institutions foster environments mirroring the nation’s diversity and increase the representation of historically underrepresented students.”

“Let’s be clear – Black America is in a fight for our lives,” stated NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson. “The NAACP has been at the forefront of this battle for more than a century and we’re not backing down.”

Signatories pledge to take “various steps . . . to create and sustain a culture of inclusion, belonging, and respect for the benefit of all students — and therefore our society”:

  • Eliminating racially biased entrance examinations and adopting a holistic approach that considers every aspect of an applicant’s background, achievements, and potential.
  • Supporting the matriculation and retention of low-income and first-generation students through outreach programs, scholarships, mentoring, and academic support services.
  • Recruiting diverse faculty and staff who can serve as role models and mentors for our students while contributing to our curriculum and research.
  • Creating a welcoming, and supportive campus climate that values diversity, stands for equity, and advances inclusion in all aspects of academic and social life.
  • Striving towards greater inclusivity by ending the utilization of legacy admissions which give an advantage to children and family members of institutional alumni or donors.
  • Partnering with and supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, and other Minority Serving Institutions that have deeply rooted race-conscious missions.

The NAACP believes “these strategies, and more, will not only benefit our students, but also enhance the quality and impact of our education, research, and service. As we envision the future of learning in this country and the global community, it is imperative that we are embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion – no matter what.”

“Protecting diversity within higher education . . . is about our ability to correct the nation’s original sin and level the playing field,” according to NAACP Director of Education Innovation and Research Dr. Ivory Toldson.

Accompanying the pledge is a “Diversity No Matter What” petition with identical goals for NAACP “members and leaders across the country to sign.” The petition criticizes the “Supreme Court’s decision to strike down affirmative action” as “a symptom of the personally held beliefs of the members of our highest court.”

“Quality, accessible education should not be manipulated or weaponized to further racist agendas,” the petition page states. “Our future depends on Black children having access to high-quality education, and for our community to have access to sound hiring opportunities. America can only thrive when Black America thrives, period.” (emphasis original)


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The Gentle Grizzly | July 10, 2023 at 5:02 pm



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2smartforlibs | July 10, 2023 at 5:23 pm

Even with the Roberts loophole the suits will be starting anytime.

    Gosport in reply to 2smartforlibs. | July 11, 2023 at 6:24 am

    Exactly. By all means sign this “petition” which states that you intend to act unconstitutionally/illegally. Do the plaintiff’s work for them.

    We can call it the mens rea suicide pact.

JohnSmith100 | July 10, 2023 at 5:35 pm

Any institution that signs on to this should be boycotted by all other races, allow those institutions to be black only. Boycotts are working well on corporate entities, lets do the same to universities.

“Quality, accessible education should not be manipulated or weaponized to further racist agendas”. Isn’t that what the Supreme Court decision just said?

    If the student body is not majority black, then the NAACP believes that is racism. To them, Racist agendas are those based on merit and not skin color because POCs cannot (actually will not) try to achieve they just want handouts all the way to the top of business and government (KJB-25).

JohnSmith100 | July 10, 2023 at 5:49 pm

Another point, I have grandchildren nearing college age, I will not fund attendance to any woke college. Other than Hillsdale, what other institutions are suitable? Also, how about independent study, perhaps organized small groups, either locally, perhaps distance. Followed by competency exam’s? I was allowed independent study in high school, had considerable access to a university, and went on to teach myself a broad spectrum skills. Can this be done to bypass colleges?

    Dathurtz in reply to JohnSmith100. | July 10, 2023 at 8:21 pm

    Depends on why you want the degree. You can learn pretty much anything on your own, though you will struggle with upper-end STEM stuff.

    A lot of jobs want people to have a uni degree even if the job doesn’t need specialized knowledge/training.

    If your grandchildren are intent on going to college and it is appropriate for them, in some states the best way to avoid giving money to these places is to go to community college for 2 years, then transfer all those courses into a state school for the last 2 years.

    FYI, I had a conversation with a doctor recently. He said that someone now interested in the medical field who wanted a good work/life balance should consider Physician’s Assistant (out of that, Nurse Practitioner and Doctor).

    NRPax in reply to JohnSmith100. | July 11, 2023 at 8:16 am

    Agreed with the community college route. Your grandchildren can knock out every single general ed requirement and then focus on their major when they get to a four year school.

    College Fix has a list:

    Asbury University, AveMaria University, Benedictine College, Cedarville University, College of the Ozarks, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Grove City College, Hillsdale College, Patrick Henry College, Thomas Aquinas College and University of Dallas.

chrisboltssr | July 10, 2023 at 6:14 pm

Will progress get tired of the race hustling blacks? Time will tell.

Subotai Bahadur | July 10, 2023 at 6:41 pm

Just so we are clear. We are ruled by a Leftist regime that has already destroyed the rule of law. No Leftist-supporting institution or group will be made to obey or comply with the Constitution, any law, regulation, or court ruling that makes the ruling regime follow the same rules.

Subotai Bahadur

thad_the_man | July 10, 2023 at 6:54 pm

Yeah, blowing off the Supreme Court and documenting it will help them in court.

I see this all the time. People saying they will double down against an adverse ruling and they never listen when I tell them it will hurt them in court.

BierceAmbrose | July 10, 2023 at 8:08 pm

“an effort to ensure that higher education institutions foster environments mirroring the nation’s diversity…”

By definition selective institutions do not mirror the nation’s diversity. They get more of what they select in, and less of what they select out. Evan an institution that takes all comers would select for people who actually apply. Still diverges.

This move is just the NAACP trying to define what these institutions select in and select out, on the DL.

JackinSilverSpring | July 10, 2023 at 11:14 pm

Who would have thunk in the 1960s that the NAACP would be in favor of discrimination?

Abandon your faith and accept the lie.


NAACP putting its “Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations” creds on display.

I think this will all end gradually. Of its own accord.

Does anybody else recall the demands of Black Power and the Back To Africa groups? From fifty years ago

One of the demands that I remember was the Swahili be taught at the college level.

Well, student interest in learning Swahili amongst all races waned pretty rapidly. And if I recall correctly the last student enrolled in Swahili in a NY/NJ college was ………… an upper-middle-class Caucasian female.

I don’t think the existence of these classes lasted more than a few years,


My prediction would be that fewer AA kids will want to attend places like Harvard. And what will happen is that these kids are going to excel at colleges where they’ll feel more comfortable socially and academically.

And when the history is written, the AA period in the latter 20th century and early 21st century — it’ll all be seen as either One Big Nothing, or as just another well-intentioned blunder

that societies make periodically.

Kids from half-decent families ……. who want to do half-decently well in college ……. will be fine.

As for the NAACP, fellas, give it a rest

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | July 11, 2023 at 6:32 am

Liberals pre-2016:

“The Supreme Court is the final decision and must be accepted.”

Liberals post-2016:

“The Supreme Court is a right wing racist organization and we must ignore every ruling from the bench until we pack the court.”

There is an easy resolution to those institutions that ignore the ruling. No federal money will go to these institutions. No grant money, no GI Bill, no research $$$, cut off student loans, tax their endowments, remove nonprofit status so that all donations are taxed…

Grifters gonna grift.

If you put the ruling by the Supreme Court under minute investigation, you might conclude that ANY PREFERENCE based on RACE is UNCONSTITUTIONAL – as it should be!! The color of your skin should not hinder nor help you in any job or activity (other than a “suntan” contest)! Now if we are to use that logic in ALL instances you’d have to conclude that the NAACP is itself an UNCONSTITUTIONAL organization! Would a National Association for the Advancement of WHITE People be acceptable?? How about a WHITE Congressional Caucus?? NO and NO!! So if it’s not kosher to have organization SPECIFICALLY to advance the WHITE race why is it ok for the others??? In short, IT SHOULDN’T BE!! This ruling should be a WAKE UP to ALL PARENTS – your children will have a better LIFE and a better chance to SUCCEED if you RAISE them RIGHT, if you HELP them with their EDUCATION, and if you LEAD BY EXAMPLE!!!

The NAACP appears to be saying blacks are not smart enough to get into college on their own. How quaint.

“The nation’s original sin”? Oh puhleeeze….these same racebaiters and grifters who shriek and writhe at the mere mention of Judeo-Christian faiths trying to use bible imagery in their histrionic word salad? Wernicke’s Encephalopathy patients at their worst come up with more coherent and correct ideas than those NAACP racists.

Colleges / Universities using defacto affirmative action will eventually lose federal money including grants and student loans. That should fix it.

Judge people by the content of their character, not the color off their skin.

Dems are returning to their racist roots with affirmative action and critical race theory. For them every thing is about race,