Letter: Here Come the Letters Pt. 2

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I read with a little disgust of the November 12 panel discussion by the UT Commission for Blacks on how to keep African-American students from leaving Knoxville as soon as they graduate. [The Weekly Plan-It, Nov. 7, 2013] I’m sure I’m not the only one to see the problems with this panel discussion. First, let’s change it just a bit. If we held a panel discussion by the UT Commission on WHITES on how to keep WHITE students, etc., we would be tarred and feathered, labeled ‘racists’ and run out of town. Is there a UT Commission on WHITES? If not, why not? How about a Commission on Brownskin or Redskins? Would that not be the job of this so-called vice chancellor for DIVERSITY? Where’s the DIVERSITY from an official standpoint? Why are the students leaving Knoxville, and how are you going to stop them? Finally, unless someone was born in Africa and then moved to the U.S., they are, simply… AMERICAN! Please stop this nonsense of hyphenated Americans and begin erasing segregation by coming together. Get rid of this nonsense of chancellor of diversity unless you want to perpetuate the racial divide that exists in this country.

Ed Thrift


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Comments » 2

DumbOldLocal writes:

The appropriateness of most anything depends upon its context. It's appropriate to sing Green Day in the shower, not so much during a Sunday worship service. Context, you see. If Knoxville is suffering a brain drain - losing many of its best and brightest - within any demographic group, it's entirely appropriate to talk about it and find ways to stop the leak. That works for the overall good of the community. You suggested a conference on young whites leaving Knoxville. If this is a legitimate problem in this area, then such a conference would be entirely appropriate. It's good for the whole community to keep our most productive local citizens local. When your most productive citizens are fleeing the area, only the vulnerable, the criminal, and the least able to make it on their own remain behind. You get... Detroit.

The greater Knoxville metropolitan area has several institutions that attract productive, creative, and innovative people into the area at least for a time. It would be a good thing to find ways to convince more of them to stay longer. One effective way to do that is to target your marketing - custom campaigns geared toward various demographics.

As for the requisite, sentimental, and utterly misguided "let us all come together without race and just be Americans" remark... Hogwash. America wasn't built by people abandoning their original cultures as they came here. It was built by people learning how to adapt the strengths of their cultures to the opportunities before them in this new world. Prejudice always has to be overcome, but nothing overcomes prejudice like success. My own ancestors showed up in the New World in the 1750's. But even after all this time, I'm not just a non-hyphenated American. I'm proud to be Scots-Irish on my dad's side and German-American on my mom's. Just how it works here.

topojejo writes:

thank you Lisa

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