It’s always heartwarming to see wealthy donors standing up for their rights and withholding their generous contributions to universities over the so-called “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” movement. Finally, some people are standing up against the university’s prioritization of addressing racial grievances over academics and merit. What could be more important than making sure that the best and brightest students are given the opportunity to excel, regardless of their race?
Dr. Christopher Boxell, who has donated a quarter of a million dollars to the University of Oklahoma, is one such hero. He has spoken out against the commitment to “equity,” which he claims is destroying the university. It’s just a shame that he had to resort to sarcasm and call the movement “DIE” instead of “DEI.” How very clever of him.
But Dr. Boxell is not alone. Susan Bergen, whose family has donated an average of $50,000 a year for 35 years, is also concerned about the “wokeness” in the University of Oklahoma’s education department. How dare they train teachers to be aware of issues of race and social justice! After all, what could be more important than sending out uneducated, uninformed teachers who are completely ignorant of the struggles that many of their students face every day?
And let’s not forget John Brock, who has given $2 million in gifts to the University of Oklahoma but has now stopped because of its emphasis on critical race theory. How very dare they teach students about the role that race plays in our society! Don’t they know that we live in a post-racial society where everyone is treated equally, and there is no such thing as systemic racism?
Of course, these donors are completely right to withhold their money. After all, why should they support a university that wants to create a more diverse and inclusive environment for all students? What could be more important than preserving the status quo and ensuring that only certain people are given the opportunity to succeed?
If enough long-time big-money donors give up on making contributions, the university might finally start paying attention to their concerns. Who needs progress when we can stick to the good old days when only certain people were allowed to succeed?