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February 17, 2004

How Sad Is the Rhode Island GOP?

So sad that Chairwoman Patricia Morgan is distancing herself from some antics of the College Republicans at Roger Williams University, a group that operates without the benefit of party support:

A whites-only scholarship being offered by the College Republicans at Roger Williams University is "disturbing," says the state's Republican chairwoman.

"It does not move us forward in a reasonable debate over the issues," Patricia Morgan said yesterday.

She emphasized that the student group is not sponsored or supported by the state Republican Party.

Morgan responded after learning that the College Republicans are offering a scholarship -- which now stands at $250 -- that is only open to applicants who are white. The group created the scholarship as a statement against affirmative action. It is not endorsed by the university administration.

Though she did acknowledge that the debate over affirmative action is valid, she said the student group's tactics have "racist overtones."

Interestingly, although the Providence Journal frequently gives URLs for groups on which it reports, and although it actually mentions the College Republicans' Web site, it apparently didn't consider it a service to its readers to save them the trouble of Googling. Well, since I'm always at your service, here's the link.

On that page, they've got a sort of low-tech blog, on which I found this entry, which doesn't surprise me in the least:

Many RWU College Republican members think that Dan Yorke is a jackass

And who can blame them? He spent an hour today trashing Jason, calling him hateful, and saying beautiful things like "this isn't a good kid; this is a bad kid!"

Jason tried to call in and defend himself, but wasn't put through on the show. Dan basically parroted the same old, threadbare, tired socialist poo-poo about the white oppressor class and the poor victimized minorities . Does Dan know all the white students on campus who need the money? When individuals called in to defend our positions, he shouted them down.

It's rough being Republican in Rhode Island. Hey, maybe that should have been the criterion for the scholarship; nobody's more oppressed than Rhode Island conservatives. I wonder what the state GOP would have thought.

Posted by Justin Katz at February 17, 2004 3:03 PM

In regards to the White Scholarship I think it is a good thing for truely disadvantaged white kids which I am sure there are many. However, from a public relations standpoint I think the college republicans should have offered a black scholarship as well as a white scholarship. Then people would have a harder time calling you racists. I think it is not too late to do this and it would help another white student and a black student.

Posted by: Tom at February 18, 2004 12:16 PM

Hello Tom. Thanks for commenting.

Just to clarify, I'm not associated with the RWU College Republicans in any way. Nonetheless, I would suggest that it sort of defeats the statement that the scholarship makes (and considering the initial dollar amount, a statement is about all that it can realistically claim to be). In essence, it is by sparking accusations of racism that the students illustrate the racism inherent in the race-based scholarships that they mimic.

Posted by: Justin Katz at February 18, 2004 6:21 PM

I am not affiliated with RWU or Rhode Island at all, and I loosely consider myself a Republican. Despite these points I am in favor of having a white-only scholarship. I have recently been searching the web and going through scholarship databases to find money I am eligible for. This has been a tedious process because I am a white male with an average GPA. In my searching, however, I came across multiple scholarships for specific racial (I saw no "white" ones), religious, and ethnic backgrounds. So why is it that when white people want something specifically for white people, it raise all sorts of ruckus? If you truly want equality you must be open to other people's ideas and needs. -- Even white people.

Posted by: Mark at October 19, 2004 6:43 PM


Your point is well taken. I'd prefer to see scholarships structured to highlight other aspects than particularly race — emphasis on heritage, geography, and other demographics, for example. But you're exactly right that there's an uneven playing field out there.

Hope you have good fortune in funding your education!

Posted by: Justin Katz at October 19, 2004 8:47 PM

I think Mark is a damn moron along with you mr.katz
A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything mark

Posted by: D-Bomb aka Black Magic at October 20, 2004 10:40 PM

Well, D-Bomb, a man who'll stand for just about anything is equally prone to being led by the nose.

Posted by: Justin Katz at October 30, 2004 7:57 PM