The University of Louisville is under fire for posting a job ad with clearly racist implications. The fact that this happened amid campus protests demanding fairness and diversity makes it all the more newsworthy.
The Louisville Bizjournal reported:
U of L job ad under fire
The University of Louisville is being ripped for a job posting for a professor that it said could only be filled by an “African-American, Hispanic-American or Native American Indian.”
The website Inside Higher Ed, in a story with the headline “Whites, Asians Need Not Apply,” reported Wednesday that the posting raised legal questions about limiting job searches only to specific racial and ethnic groups, The Courier-Journal says.
Michael Olivas, former general counsel for the American Association of University Professors, was quoted in Inside Higher Ed’s story as saying that the ad reminded him of U of L president James Ramsey’s recent Halloween costume incident “in that both events were two sides of the same racially tone-deaf coin.” Ramsey had dressed up for the holiday in stereotypical Mexican gear, the story said.
The ad for an assistant professor in U of L’s physics and astronomy department was abruptly removed from higheredjobs.com Tuesday after the department got a complaint that the preferences didn’t include people who have disabilities, the story said.
America needs to reform its higher education system.