An Issue for Our State
I’m writing this piece to weigh in on an opinion piece that appeared in the Issues and Ideas section of this paper on May 10th, 2017. Responding to the piece entitled: Another Secret Presidential Search. Now to the issue at hand when it comes to the issue of race maybe I tend to see the issue in too many places and in place where it ought not to be seen. Then again, we are not shaped in our ways of thinking by our past experiences directly, indirectly as they impact us individually and as a group. In this post-Civil Rights era, the narrative has become “yes racism still exists in American, but there are no organized efforts to hold black people back and therefore, anybody can make it in America if they are willing to word hard.” I agree, the systems put in place from the founding of this Nation, political, social, educational, economical, and yes, religious, are self-perpetuating and need only a little maintenance from time to time.
Now, to the issue of the Mississippi College Board’s practice and procedure of being so secretive about its selection process almost automatically by human nature ensures that the best qualified candidates from a broad field will not apply if view the selection process as being too political. There by making it impossible to figure out which back to scratch and just where to scratch them. Since candidates will never know who else was in the back-scratching contest, neither they nor the public will ever know why and how they came up short.
Secondly, my cynical and skeptical mind takes me to an even darker place. In 2017 America, I shouldn’t be thinking this way or should I…? What if in some round about diabolical way, the Mississippi College Board was set up to allow the selection of College Presidents in the State of Mississippi to be done in secret back room deals rather than by the board itself. Thus, allowing and ensuring a steady stream of presidents, the un- and under-qualified, to be fed into our predominately black universities thus enduring that they remain crippled and weak, not ever living up to their fullest potential.
Given some of the problems that plague our predominately black universities, on a consistent and persistent basis, the evidence seems to bare out my theory. To the College Board and the elected officials of the State of Mississippi, if this is not at all what you are doing then I have just one question for you. Why be so secretive about the process?
Submitted by: Onzie Glenn
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