"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
Texas Republican Representative Carl Tepper has introduced a bill that seeks to forbid diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at all public universities in the Lonestar State.
The bill, introduced Dec. 13, seeks to ban “the funding, promotion, sponsorship or support of any office of diversity, equity and inclusion” as well as any “initiative or formulation of diversity, equity and inclusion beyond what is necessary to uphold the equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment.”
The legislation, HB 1006, also seeks to mandate that all higher education institutions adopt a policy that “demonstrates a commitment to intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity.”
And it would establish that public universities “foster a diversity of viewpoints” and “maintain political, social, and cultural neutrality.”
The legislation comes in the wake of the opening of Texas Tech’s Black Cultural Center in September, Tepper told The College Fix.
“In the new center, portraits of distinguished black alumni are displayed on the walls,” Tepper said via email. “I believe that distinguished black alumni should be displayed all over campus, including the student union building and other colleges and dorms.”
“College students and alumni should be able to appreciate distinguished black alumni (or any distinguished alumni) anywhere on campus.”
“I was disappointed that there would be such a segregated thing today,” Tepper said. “I think it’s obvious that segregation and self-segregation are dividing America.”
Texas Tech University did not respond to request from The College Fix seeking comment.
We will wait for Texas Tech to respond.
I don't know Representative Tepper. His district is in Lubbock, Texas, and he is a Texas Tech graduate, so that explains his interest in Texas Tech. According to his website, he is an Air Force veteran and lifelong Christian and conservative Republican.
I like Representative Tepper's proposal and it should be considered in other universities. What we are seeing in universities today used to be called segregation and racism when Reverend Martin Luther King marched in the 1960s. In other words, university life should bring people together rather than separate them by race or ethnic groups.
The Texas legislature will be looking at lots of issues next spring, from abortion to school choice to expanding the power grid due to our expanding population. Nevertheless, I hope that Representative Tepper's get a full hearing.
Edgar Winter was born in Beaumont, Texas, on this day in 1946. According to his official site, Edgar brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form The Edgar Winter Group in 1972. The band had hits like: "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride"
The eccentric but very good lefty Bill Lee was born in Burbank, CA, on this day in 1946. As a pitcher, he was a rare left hander who could pitch in Fenway Park. He pitched most of his career with Boston and finished with Montreal: 119 wins, 3.72 ERA and 72 complete games. Lee's pitching style was to kill you with a variety of "junk pitches" that had hitters speaking to themselves on the way back to the dugouts. Off the field, Lee was also "The Spaceman" because of all his famous quotes. He wasn't Yogi Berra but he had a few:
"I would change policy, bring back natural grass and nickel beer. Baseball is the belly-button of our society. Straighten out baseball, and you straighten out the rest of the world."
My biggest memory is game 7 of the 1975 World Series. He threw one of those junk pitches to Tony Perez and it was the 3-run HR that put Cincinnati back in the game. He was fun to watch on and off the field. A baseball character when it was just fun to be a character.