Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Black College Hit With Racism Rap

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“A historically black college in South Carolina has been sued after three white faculty members say they were passed over for jobs or let go for because of their race, federal officials announced Wednesday.”

“In a response also filed Wednesday, an attorney for Benedict denied any allegations of discrimination and said the school acted in good faith and treated the employees fairly.

Aggelopoulou was rejected because she was not qualified for the professor job, and her contract wasn’t renewed because she was only hired for a one-year position, attorney Carol Ervin wrote.

Hale’s contract was not renewed because, after seven years of employment, he had failed to attain tenure – a timeframe under which school policy allowed Benedict to let him go. And Katherine Mille, a linguist, was released in part because the school could not afford to pay both her and another, more senior person with the same position, Ervin wrote.”

Another example of the theme “The minorities stole my job.” People jump to conclusions about race being the reason for losing their jobs when they really can only blame themselves. If they win this lawsuit I will be amazed.

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Written by samhag

November 30, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. At first glance this certainly seems very straightforward, but things could be more complicated. I would be interested in seeing a total number of faculty that were let go over the past harsh period. If the college is primarily black, and they’re only releasing white professors- that seems a bit off to me. If the facts are like the college tells it, then the Professors are certainly in the wrong. However, what if the professor didnt attain tenure because of reverse-racist conditions?

    ahartzog

    November 30, 2009 at 6:37 pm

  2. People will rarely ever blame themselves for something and go to such lengths as this to prove what they think is right when in reality they only have themselves to blame. The sad thing is they’ll problem still blame it on racism even if they don’t win the lawsuit.

    derekjwood

    November 30, 2009 at 6:38 pm


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