Submitted By Todd on February 18th at 6:36pm
I don't know if you've heard, but liberals love minorities.
The lack of black and Hispanic professors, highlighted in two recent reports critical of the faculty makeup at MIT and Emerson College, is a problem shared by the most prominent universities in the Boston area, a Globe survey reveals.To prove to yourself just how true this is, all you have to do is look at what happens to minorities in places where liberals are in total control.
Among those struggling the most is the city’s largest school, Boston University, where blacks and Hispanics make up 3.4 percent of tenured and tenure-track faculty, a figure that has barely budged over the past decade. At BU, like the other schools, the percentage of minority faculty lags far behind the demographics of its student body.For example, our nation's cities are controlled by liberals. The result for minorities? Poverty and violence.
Other local institutions don’t fare much better. At Brandeis University, 3 percent of so-called tenure-line professors are black or Hispanic, and at Harvard, they make up 5.8 percent. Colleges across the country are struggling to bolster the faculty ranks of these underrepresented minority groups as student populations grow more diverse. Nationally, blacks and Hispanics constitute 8.8 percent of tenure-line faculty, according to the American Council on Education.
Liberals control the public schools. The result? Poor people get the worst schools, and attempts to improve them are thwarted by Democrats, eager to please their partners in the labor movement.
Too few minorities enter academia, studies say. The ones who do often report feeling isolated, with poor mentoring and a campus climate that some perceive as unwelcoming. And unintended racial bias can make the quest for tenure, a long slog for any candidate, particularly grueling for some minorities.Colleges and universities are the government subsidized think tanks of the Democrats, yet Blacks and Hispanics, who make up about 30% of the U.S. population, can barely get a job at a Boston area institution - the spiritual center of American education. How's that for empathy?
The difficulties black colleagues faced at Emerson have had a “chilling effect’’ for some faculty of color at the downtown school, discouraging them from seeking tenure, said Michelle Johnson, a former Globe editor who taught at Emerson for three years before arriving at BU last fall as a visiting professor.Just as the Toyota reputation for devotion to quality and customer service turns out to have been a ruse, the Democrats have been unable, or uninterested, in delivering for minorities.
“You can talk all you want about diversity but often, it’s preaching to the choir,’’ Jamshed Bharucha, provost at Tufts University, said. “You need to present good data, from good science, to get the skeptics to not say, ‘I’m not biased. I don’t need to pay attention.’ ’’It turns out that the Dems are great at creating and maintaining their brand, but they can't keep their product on the road.
The schools that have the highest percentages of black and Hispanic faculty in the Boston area, UMass Boston (12.6 percent) and Wheelock College (23 percent), have black leaders. Minority college leaders tend to bring more diverse networks that schools can tap into, said Adrian Haugabrook, Wheelock’s chief diversity officer.