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College Quiz Shows Racism Ok If About GOP

From the DNC's Associated Press:

Practice test question hits nerve at community college

04/13/2006

A question given to students during a practice test for a math final at Bellevue Community College has students — and others — shaking their heads because of what they say is a lack of racial sensitivity.

It refers to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice although it doesn't mention her by name, a civil rights activist said.

The question read: "Condoleezza holds a watermelon just over the edge of the roof of the 300-foot Federal Building, and tosses it up with a velocity of 20 feet per second."

"The e-mails are primarily angry that this could happen; that's the most common theme," BCC spokesman Bob Adams told The Seattle Times.

Chelsey Richardson, 25, a BCC student, said she discovered the question while studying for the math test in March. She was one of the students who brought the issue to officials at the community college in this Seattle suburb.

The Condoleezza question went on to ask when the watermelon will hit the ground, based on a formula provided.

The question propagates a racial stereotype and denigrates Secretary of State Rice, said the Rev. Wayne Perryman, of Mercer Island.

"How many Condoleezzas spell their name that way and how many Condoleezzas are associated with a federal building? It doesn't take much to connect the dotted lines," Perryman said.

"It's not just the question; it's beyond the question," Richardson said. "It's the roots of where the question came from."

The college has refused to release the name of the teacher who wrote the question, but said the teacher hasn't been fired. The teacher has apologized and requested cultural sensitivity training, the college said.

On Wednesday, BCC President Jean Floten held a 30-minute open-campus meeting that was attended by about 150 people.

Floten promised the college would redouble its efforts to improve racial and cultural sensitivity on campus, including increasing staff training and creating an ombudsman position.

"We called this meeting, and we had the courage to meet each other and learn from each other and put that learning to use," Floten said.

Ah, courage.

I wonder why kind of courage would have been exhibited if the question had been about a black Democrat? Would the school have protected the instructor's name? Would they have let him off so easily?

These are rhetorical questions, of course.

By the way, this was not just a "practice test question." It was on the official final exam in 2004:

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And yet no one complained.

That's what's called a liberal education.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 13th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “College Quiz Shows Racism Ok If About GOP”

  1. brad says:

    Floten promised the college would redouble its efforts to improve racial and cultural sensitivity on campus, including increasing staff training and creating an ombudsman position.

    This is what all “racial” non-issues boil down to: spending more money, and creating jobs for more people. Black people use every opportunity to steal more of this or that for themselves.

    I don’t think anyone needs a re-education camp just over a watermelon. It’s not racism, it’s just a test question, a highly suspicious one, but leave it be. . .


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