Enough with the Bill O’Reilly-Sylvia’s flap! Who cares what he thinks about a) anything – even when he is trying to be complimentary about us; and b) a restaurant?! A restaurant where even the owners weren’t all that put out by what O’Reilly said. Why should they be? They received millions in free pub over the last week.
The FOX Talk-show host’s comments do not have one iota of an impact on me, you or anyone else in America. However, the blatantly racist remarks made by a Rutgers professor this week not only besmirch the image of a university on the rise but are a slap in the face of every non-white athlete at the school. In an article published in the New York Times, English professor William Dowling, one of those nutty professors who believes the rise of athletics at a university automatically means the decline of intellectual elitism and, well, the fall of civilization as they want it to be, said: “If you were giving the scholarship to an intellectually brilliant kid who happens to play a sport, that’s fine. But they give it to a functional illiterate who can’t read a cereal box and then make him spend 50 hours a week on physical skills. That’s not opportunity”
Now, here’s where it gets good: “If you want to give financial help to minorities, go find the ones who are at the library after school.”
This is someone who is responsible for educating our youth? God help us – or more specifically, our youth.
Not only are Dowling’s comments racist, they’re stupid and WRONG. In May, the NCAA Academic Progress Rate report, a calculation of graduation rates at institutions, ranked the Rutgers football program seventh in the nation among Division I-A schools. Ahead of them were only Stanford (Go Cardinal! Sorry, alum-bug pinched me), Navy, Duke, Rice, Boston College and Air Force.
It doesn’t quite sound like the young men who have elevated the Scarlet Knights to national prominence over the last two seasons are having any trouble reading their cereal boxes.
It took long enough for someone to speak out about this madness. On Thursday, Rutgers president Richard McCormick (Has this guy had a YEAR or what?!) called the comments “inaccurate and inhumane.” In a statement issued by the university, McCormick acknowledged the racist tone of the comment. “It also has a racist implication that has no place whatsoever in our civil discourse,” he said.
Like O’Reilly, Dowling said his comments were taken out of context. (I agree with O’Reilly, frankly; but Dowling is delusional) He said he was merely answering a question related to minorities. he said: “If someone has a way to answer that question without mentioning race, I would like to hear it.”
No word yet on whether Dowling will be allowed to continue infecting, uh, teaching young minds.
In the 1960s, was actually arrested protesting in support of the civil-rights movement. Sorry, professors, your freedom fighter cared has been revoked.