The “Wokeness” of America’s Top Universities is Starting to Backfire

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Thursday, November 19, 2020


The last few years have seen the nation’s top universities become increasingly more concerned with social justice efforts. Colleges all across the country have implemented diversity awareness programs in an effort to eliminate all forms of racism and injustice on campus. This has become especially more prevalent in the wake of the shootings this past summer. 

Some universities have gone so far as to label themselves as racist institutions. 

In September, Princeton’s president, Christopher L. Eisgruber, published a letter outlining how systemic racism is prevalent within the campus community. Eisgruber assured readers that his Cabinet had spent the summer looking at campus-wide practices and had “produced an impressive range of data-driven insights, recommendations, and questions for further study” that are now being investigated. 

In response to this letter, the Department of Education opened an investigation into Princeton. The Department said that these new revelations raise the question that Princeton may have received millions of dollars in federal funding while knowingly violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

Yale University has also recently faced accusations of discrimination. The Justice Department announced earlier this month that they filed a lawsuit against Yale on the grounds of “race and national origin discrimination.” The suit alleges that the University has been discriminating against white and Asian-American students on the basis of their race. 

Further investigation shows the University admitted disproportional amounts of African-American students. Like Princeton, Yale receives millions of dollars of federal funding. Their funding is also contingent upon their adherence to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act

The Trump Administration’s decision to investigate these universities’ claims is the right move. Racial division and discrimination is an issue that has penetrated our country for years. With the recent shootings in the last few months, the tension has only grown. It is at times like these where we need to be able to come together to solve legitimate problems that the country has. 

What we do not need are the top schools in the country exacerbating racism as a way to score “woke” points with their students and the political left. 

If what these schools have said is true, and racism is as prevalent as they report, then they have been committing fraud against American taxpayers for years. Knowing that racial discrimination is present on their campuses and still continuing to take federal funds under the guise of abiding by the Civil Rights Act is unacceptable and should be prosecuted. 

The “woke” attitude that the nation’s Ivy League is exhibiting needs to end. Not only because of the dishonest and fraudulent activity on display, but also because of what these schools represent. 

Universities like Yale and Princeton are seen as the top tier of academic institutions. They should be open to everyone who can meet their standards, regardless of race. By allowing forms of discrimination to creep into their admissions processes, they are setting the precedent that race is and should be a determining factor when selecting students for admission. 

Sydney Fowler is a junior communications major with minors in political science and marketing at Anderson University (SC). She is passionate about restoring conservative values to Washington and hopes to work in political public relations in the future. When not busy with academics or a side writing project, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and listening to either 80s rock or podcasts like the Ben Shapiro Show.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Sydney Fowler

Sydney Fowler is a junior communications major with minors in political science and marketing at Anderson University (SC). She is passionate about restoring conservative values to Washington and hopes to work in political public relations in the future. When not busy with academics or a side writing project, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and listening to either 80s rock or podcasts like the Ben Shapiro Show.

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