On this day in 1950, the University of Tennessee defied court rulings by refusing to admit 5 Black students. This all changed in 1952 when Gene Mitchell Gray , enrolled as a graduates student in biochemistry . The 22-year-old father of two,was subsequently fired from his job at a Knoxville hotel following his acceptance into a graduate program at the school. His mother stepped in to aid the family and was soon fired from her job. Luckily, a group of African Americans in the area came to his assistance, allowing him the funding he needed to complete his biochemistry degree.
Times have changed, in 1952 the movement was in the right direction. It was a movement towards the “equal rights” of a marginalized and discriminated against minority. Now, in our discombobulated institutions of higher education you will find the marginalization of truth and the persecution of the majority.
Case in point, two Tennessee state lawmakers are calling for the resignation of a chancellor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Jimmy Cheek, after a post on the university’s website encouraged employees to ensure that their holiday parties did not resemble a “Christmas party in disguise.”
When faced with the backlash, the statement released was: “First let me say that we honor Christmas as one of the celebrations of the season. We are in no way trying to dismiss this very important Christian holiday,” he said. “As a diverse campus, we do promote ways to be inclusive of all cultures and religions. I am disappointed that our efforts to be inclusive have been totally misconstrued.”
It is interesting that in “promoting diversity”, the University of Tennessee is instead “stifling” diversity. By the way…… The same UT office received national attention in September for a list of gender neutral pronouns, such as “ze,” it suggested using to create a more inclusive campus. The office later backed off the list and removed it from its website.