That’s the core truth of this shameful affair.
In sharing the early influences on her life, Michelle Obama remarked, “We learned about honesty and integrity—that the truth matters... that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules... and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.”
Sadly, the message our university is now trumpeting to our students, to those who are at the core of our mission, is that lux libertas does not mean honesty, does not mean rigor, does not mean courage.
Rather, convolution, manipulation and rationalization prevail.
The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. exhorted us. “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.”
Our University has been silent.
Dr. Lewis Margolis
UNC Gillings School of Public Health