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Mar 7Liked by Sy Hoekstra

I think the DEI issues at John Hopkins may be even more concerning than the ones in Florida. The Florida ones you can see the blatant political posturing and the pressure on the state higher education system. But at John Hopkins, the head of DEI stepped down after writing an email with a very standard piece about privilege. The school and then she, said that the definition was not what they believe. And then she resigned. I am sure there was pressure from somewhere, but it was not simply political pressure.

This is a school in a predominately Black community that has at least some prior attempts at addressing the problems of race within its community and its history. But if system like this can't even discuss privilege how is it going to address racial disparities within medicine or education, etc.

https://www.thebaltimorebanner.com/education/higher-education/dei-johns-hopkins-debate-sherita-golden-4LRGALTF2RAEVOYNHGL6QLEWIY/

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reading this article is so difficult. I find it so easy to get discouraged when I look out at the landscape of so many issues. If I understand it right was shuffled another position in the institution. This article talks about what happened to former female presidents from Harvard and Penn as well. The system is flawed, fascinating and certainly complex. I pray for these women and all that is on their plates. https://theconversation.com/why-does-claudine-gay-still-work-at-harvard-after-being-forced-to-resign-as-its-president-shes-got-tenure-220532

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Wow, thanks for sharing. I hadn't read about that one. Honestly her definition of privilege was spot on. What else could it be? It's like Hopkins felt like it had to acknowledge that privilege is a real thing, but pretend there is some other definition of it out there that would make White people more comfortable. Glad she kept her prof job though.

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This call from the NAACP gets at a different issue and calls for Black Athletes to leave/never attend FL programs. But I suspect just like these tenured professors- albeit in a very different way- the opportunity cost could feel too high to actually walk away or attend elsewhere. My prayer and longing though that we would just leave but I know in my bones how hard those decisions can be. https://www.npr.org/2024/03/12/1238108601/naacp-black-athletes-florida-desantis-boycott

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A couple follow-up articles in case anyone's interested. Jonathan Katz, one of the better journalists writing about Haiti, published this summary of what is going on with the gangs. He has a lot more information about how it all fits into the history of recent US medaling in Haitian politics. Subscribing to his site is a great idea if you want good info and analysis on all things Haitian politics. https://theracket.news/p/game

Also, this piece from the Intercept discusses Republicans trying to draw false equivalencies between the size of the threats of far-right and far-left violence. It's relevant because there's already a Senator calling for more investigation into left-wing extremism in the military after Aaron Bushnell. https://theintercept.com/2024/03/07/aaron-bushnell-fbi-anarchism-extremist/

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