All 12 finalists for the open position of President at Tennessee State University are black
, thereby setting a new precedent of approved exclusion nationwide.
The 11 people still vying to become president of Tennessee State University have at least one thing in common: They're all African-Americans.
That may not be surprising. TSU is a historically black school where three-fourths of the students are black. And Tennessee Board of Regents officials say it would be tough for a white man or woman to lead TSU, which has more than 90 years of history and culture as a predominantly black institution — the only public one in the state.
So, let me get this straight. Why do so many universities with overwhelmingly lily-white student-bodies wind up with minority presidents? Surely they're not fit to lead either, by this logic.
"The most important thing about a leader is they have somebody who follows them," said Charles Manning, chancellor of the Board of Regents system. "It would be very unusual to find a white individual who would be able to do that (at TSU)."
Is that because of an inherent student-body bias against whitey? I guess I'm confused. Oh, wait, it's revenge for those three cracker-ass crackers who were the finalists at UT-Knoxville. That makes it acceptable.
Of the 47 candidates for the UT presidency last spring, 43 were white, two were African-American and two were Asian, according to search records. There were six women in the group.
The three finalists for the job were all white men, which angered George Barrett, a Nashville civil rights attorney who has been pushing UT to look more closely at talented black candidates. One African-American, Kenneth Olden, a Cocke County native and director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, was among the top six candidates for the presidency.
Asked about the TSU situation, Barrett would say only, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander."
Luckily for TSU, the Old Media considers an all-black final dozen "diversity-rich," so all is still well in the world of academia.
On a related note, Theresa Heinz-Kerry, another prominent African-American, did not put in an application for the position, and was consequently not considered for the job.