While the cat is in Vietnam

My younger daughter first called my attention to this story, reported here by Newsday’s Michael Mello in FrontPage Magazine. College Republicans at Roger Williams University have created a storm by offering a $250 scholarship for whites only. To win the money, one had to submit an essay on “why you are proud of your white heritage” and a recent picture to “confirm whiteness” The idea was that of Jason Mattera, head of the College Republicans, who is of Puerto Rican descent and was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Hispanic College Fund. His intent was to kindle debate over free speech and affirmative action. Not only has he succeeded, but, as a special bonus, college president Roy Nirschel felt compelled to cut short a trip to Vietnam to begin what he called “a healing process” — including the formation of a commission on civil discourse.


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