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I receive the Washington State Magazine from my (former) Alma Mater, Washington State University. Due to a phrase in the President’s Letter in the most recent issue, I sent the following letter to the President, because I don’t think that sentiment should go unremarked.
Mr. Kirk Schultz, President
Dear Mr. Schultz:
I am a graduate of WSU (BS, Psychology, 1971), and I receive the Washington State Magazine. In reading the last issue, I noticed something very interesting in the From the President column you wrote. You mention, in the very first paragraph, some conditions that are affecting WSU, the State, and the wider world. I was quite surprised that you mention the “continuing challenges of Covid-19, Systemic Racism, and state funding”. Now, it appears to me as though you are saying that systemic racism is a problem at WSU. Do you really admit that the University is systemically racist? Are you admitting that, 50 years after the Civil Rights Movement, that my Alma Mater is systemically racist? Do you believe that no progress has been made in the treatment and opportunities afforded to black people in America since 1964?
I seem to remember that your predecessor as President was a gentleman named Elson Floyd. I also seem to remember that Mr. Floyd was a black man. Now, if Mr. Floyd were here today, could you honestly admit, to his face, that WSU is Systemically Racist? And what might he say to you if you did? Wouldn’t the admission that WSU is systemically racist be a total affront to the sensibilities of your esteemed predecessor, ignoring all the advances that enabled him to rise to the level of University President?
Personally, my belief is that you, as in most of academia these days, have fallen for the falsehoods perpetuated everywhere by the openly Marxist group that calls itself Black Lives Matter. That Marxist group has been behind months of riots, looting, and burning cities all over America, including in Seattle and Portland, supposedly to protest the deaths of some black men (most of whom had criminal records and were engaging in unlawful activity), at the hands of police; also note that most homicides of black men are not at the hands of police, but at the hands of other black men. It makes me sad that my Alma Mater has been basically taken over by the Leftists and Marxists. There is little that I can do about this, since the takeover has been obvious for many years.
I do think that you should take a good, hard look at your University, and give some thought to what has been happening. WSU is not, and never was, any kind of racist. Besides, if it is racist, why ever would I want to donate money to a racist institution? Or why would any alumni donate to a racist institution? I have given up donating to WSU, because I try not to support Leftist institutions, and I refuse “white guilt”.
Next year, I will be a Golden Grad. I have given some thought to returning to Campus for Homecoming next year. I will not drive 300 miles to celebrate at a racist institution, however. If by then the governor has relaxed his unilateral restrictions over all of Society, and you have given second thoughts to whether WSU is really systemically racist, I might come.
I thank you for your attention.