Your Black World reports
Dennis Golden, a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, thought he was defending Texas Southern University when he made a statement that ended up offending people of color across the nation.
When the TSU Physics Department was on the chopping block, Golden tried to defend the university’s president by stating that when he arrived, the school looked more like a prison than a college.
The program was still cut because it only produced one graduate in five years.
But Professor Byron Price, chair of the Texas Southern University Faculty Assembly, did not take Golden’s words lightly. In an open letter to Golden, he questioned the racial undertones of Golden’s remarks.
“What did you hope to accomplish by describing TSU as a prison?” he asked. “What features of TSU specifically make it look like a prison? Have you ever been to a prison? Have you ever been to TSU?”
Golden has not yet explained his remarks, but given that African Americans are incarcerated at a rate that is several times higher than whites, the comment strikes a chord.