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CINCINNATI (Churchmilitant.com) - The University of Cincinnati (UC) is now hiring according to race and sex of applicants. In addition, new faculty and staff, before being employed, must first pledge their commitment to this policy and further demonstrate how they've previously contributed to this activist ideal.
As of July 1, UC will give deference to new hires "who are African American and women,"classifying them as "historically underrepresented" according to their Diversity Plan.
UC recently announced, "As of July 1, the University of Cincinnati will request a Diversity and Inclusion statement of all applicants for faculty and staff positions." This statement by individuals seeking professional and faculty positions is a potential employee's pledge of commitment to the university's policy of giving preference to African Americans and females when hiring faculty and staff positions.
The same announcement states, "Faculty and administrative/professional applicants will be asked to submit a personal statement summarizing his or her contributions (or potential contributions) to diversity, inclusion and leadership." This policy of "Diversity and Inclusion," according to the announcement, "began in December 2015 when UC President Santa Ono appointed a working group to examine models used at other universities, including the University of California San Diego."
Bleuzette Marshall, UC's chief diversity officer, when questioned about the required diversity pledge of potential new hires, responded, "We want to be able to see who people are a little bit coming through the door, and we want them to know who we are, so we aren't surprised by each other."
This all flies under the head of affirmative action, which in the past sought not to exclude Afro-Americans from society because of their color. But many say the modern version of affirmative action is also racist and sexist whereby people are given preference merely because they are Afro-American or female, such as does UC.
One such person is Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotamayor, who recently wrote that affirmative action as practived today "erects barriers and prejudices against those whose accident of birth didn't make them a minority."
This ruling was occasioned by voters in Michigan wanting a constitutional change that bans "using race as a factor in college admissions." This means all prospective students — regardless of race — would be considered on the basis of individual merits and achievements alone without seeking to fill some kind of racial void. Michigan was granted the right by the High Court to ban such "affirmative action."
The UC's "Diversity Definition" also lumps transgenders and gays in with race and sex:
The University of Cincinnati recognizes a very broad and inclusive concept of diversity that includes commonly recognized considerations such as race, ethnicity, gender … gender identity and expression, sexual identity, sexual orientation.
The conservative Black community resents attempts by gays and transgenders to claim theirs is a civil rights cause like that of African Americans. Stacy Washington, a spokeswoman for a National Center for Policy Research, recently told LifeZette, "The term 'civil rights' deserves more respect than likening that battle to transgenderism — what many think of as a mental disorder. Being openly gay or transgender is a choice. Being black isn't."