August 1, 2013

There's your conservative version of liberal arts. I suppose that's a relatively enlightened way to describe minorities -- for a conservative who still thinks like we're in the 19th century, I mean:

The president of a small liberal arts college in Michigan apologized Wednesday after referring to minority students as “dark ones.”

During an appearance before a legislative subcommittee in Lansing, Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn said the Michigan Department of Education once criticized his school for not having enough “dark” students.

“They said we violated the standards for diversity because we didn’t have enough dark ones, I guess is what they meant,” Arnn said.

The college president was speaking out against the state’s adoption of Common Core standards in reading, writing and math. He said his experience with the Michigan Department of Education made him “skeptical about these state standards and increasing control from the state and federal government.”

Hillsdale College later released a statement to the Detroit Free Press in which Arnn apologized for his “dark ones” remark.

“No offense was intended by the use of that term except to the offending bureaucrats, and Dr. Arnn is sorry if such offense was honestly taken. But the greater concern, he believes, is the state-endorsed racism the story illustrates,” the college said.

Young America’s Foundation considers Hillsdale to be one of the best conservative colleges.

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

Discussion

We are currently migrating to Disqus

On May 14, 2022, we started migrating our comments from Insticator back to Disqus. During this transition period, some posts will have Insticator and some Disqus. For more information on the transition, as well as information regarding old C&L accounts, please see this post.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.