Cornell University College Republicans will host Ward Connerly, founder and President of the American Civil Rights Institute and member of the University of California Board of Regents, for a campus speech on Nov. 11 at 6:00 pm focusing on “The Future of Racial Preferences in Higher Education: Diversity and Fairness.”
According to a press release, Connerly, serving as as a University of California Regent, advocated for equal opportunity of all Americans regardless of race, sex, or ethnic background.
“In 1995, his efforts led the UC Board of Regents to vote to end the University’s use of race as a
determining factor for admissions,” the release reads. “Mr. Connerly accepted chairmanship of the California Civil Rights Initiative (Proposition 209) in 1995, where he worked to require equal treatment for all residents in public education, employment, and contracting.”
Connerly serves as the chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute, “a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about moving beyond race and gender preferences”. He has authored two books, Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences and his new release Lessons from My Uncle James: Beyond Skin Color to the Content of Our Character.
Once again, the Cornell Republicans are the only student organization bringing quality speakers to campus. Last semester current top GOP contender Dr. Ben Carson spoke in a packed campus auditorium, and in recent previous semesters the Cornell Republicans have brought Allen West, Charles Krauthammer, Jeb Bush, and Ron Paul to campus.
Connerly, though he may not be a household name, will speak about a topic that is well-known in just about every American household: race and equality in America. In stark contrast to most Cornell students, professors, and administrators, Connerly is expected to articulate an approach to mending racial relations in the country that bucks the recent trend set by Black Lives Matter activists, who think intimidation, disruption, and violence will solve the very real problems they purport to want to solve.