TO THE EDITOR:
As a black man in America, I find it appalling that the Carolina Black Caucus would choose to issue a declaration of support to defend UNC even after the University admitted that it “cheated young black men” out of the best education possible on its campus.
James Dean, executive vice chancellor and provost of UNC, told Bloomberg Businessweek the University offered phony classes for decades, and, “Horrible things happened that I’m ashamed of.” Chancellor Carol Folt, who only took office in 2013, admitted to UNC trustees that the flagship university failed students for years with a lack of academic oversight.
Even after these admissions of destroying the academic lives of mostly young black male student-athletes, the Carolina Black Caucus, composed of black UNC faculty and staff, defended UNC and its destructive actions. Their declaration in support of UNC is more of a “cheer” for their jobs than a principled stand on the issue of successfully educating all UNC students.
Maybe these esteemed faculty and staff of the Carolina Black Caucus don’t realize that their students are not just competing among themselves in the big cities and small towns of North Carolina. Maybe they don’t understand that being globally competent is a much “bigger game” to win than football or basketball!