Group calls on white people not to send children to Ivy League schools so black students can get a place
A social justice group has sent a letter to white Democrats in two wealthy Texas neighborhoods urging them to pledge that their children will not apply to Ivy League schools so black students can get a place.
Dallas Justice Now (DJN), which appears to have been established recently, is asking white allies to “make sacrifices to right centuries of wrongs.”
The group is specifically calling on people to sign its “college pledge” not to send their kids to Ivy League of US News & World Report Top 50 Schools” and instead leave those spots open to Black, LatinX students. and other marginalized backgrounds who have been denied access to these institutions for hundreds of years.”
The group said in a press release it has sent the pledge to the “95 percent white Highland Park and University Park neighborhoods.”
Data from the US Census Bureau shows that 88 percent of University Park residents are white, and only 1.5 percent of people are black or African American. In Highland Park, 91 percent are white and less than 1 percent are black or African American.
Both areas are among the wealthiest in the state, with residents enjoying a median household income of more than $200,000 in 2018 and Highland Park in America’s 10 wealthiest communities.
A social justice group has sent a letter to white Democrats in two wealthy Texas neighborhoods urging them to pledge that their children will not apply to Ivy League schools so black students can get a place. The letter above
Dallas Justice Now (DJN), which appears to have been founded recently in Dallas, is asking white allies to commit to “make sacrifices to right centuries of wrongs.” The group’s website above
The letter of promise, seen by Dallas City Wire, tells rich, white people that they “earned or inherited your money by oppressing people of color.”
“We are writing to you because we understand that you are white living in the Highland Park Independent School District and thus benefit from enormous privileges at the expense of communities of color,” the letter read.
“You live in the whitest and wealthiest neighborhood in Dallas. Whether you know it or not, you made or inherited your money by oppressing people of color.”
It calls on the white Democrats who stand behind the Black Lives Matter movement and says it is now time for them to “stand up” and make the area “more equitable.”
“However, we also understand that you are a Democrat and supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, which makes you one of our white allies and puts you in a position to help correct these brutal injustices,” it reads.
“We need you to stand up and back up your words with deeds and make real sacrifices to make our segregated city more just.”
The pledge asks the recipient to check one of two boxes: “I am a racist hypocrite” or “I agree” to the pledge.
The group warned it will make public the names of people who have and have not signed the pledge.
DJN spokesperson and founder Michele Washington lashed out at white BLM supporters in the wealthy areas who put up signs but failed to “make sacrifices” to effect real change.
“A lot of rich white people, including those who live in the 95% white Park Cities, think they are allies because they put up a Black Lives Matter sign or black people parade like animals at their charity galas that they somehow don’t have.” be part of the problem. she told Dallas City Wire.
A woman named Jamila posted a video to the group’s Facebook page this month, describing the group as a “nonprofit advocacy group.”
The group said it was organizing a meet and greet earlier this month and posted images of a handwritten sign and people signing a document.
“They are the problem. If whites want to be our allies, they have to make sacrifices.”
She added: “In the civil rights movement, our white allies risked their lives to end the brutal Jim Crow laws.
“But now a lot of people think they can get by just by posting something on social media – it’s painful for those of us who have devoted our lives to social justice when we think that’s enough to remedy hundreds of years of oppression.” ‘
The letter has sparked dissension in the local community, with the group clashing with a white woman over her call to action.
Casie Tomlin told Dallas City Wire that she received the letter of commitment and couldn’t believe it was real.
“There’s no way an organization would direct this,” Tomlin said.
Washington responded by labeling Tomlin a “racist Karen” and accusing her of reporting the group to police over the pledges.
Tomlin denies the allegations, telling Dallas City Wire, “I wholeheartedly dispute and deny all charges made by Michele Washington and Dallas Justice Now.
“I am now and have always been an active advocate for social justice.”
Harvard University above. Harvard announced a more diverse class of 2025 in April, with 18 percent identifying as African American or black
DJN appears to have been established late last year with a Facebook page for the group posting its first photo in October.
In a post on June 25, the group announced that it was almost done with its website.
A woman who said her name is Jamila posted a video to the page this month describing the group as a “not-for-profit advocacy group.”
“I’m Jamila from Dallas Justice Now,” she said.
“We’re a not-for-profit advocacy group in Dallas and we’re fighting for change, we’re fighting for equality.
“We want to bridge gaps and we just want to catch up.”
Jamila said she is a parent and wants to send her children to college – something she believes would create “generational wealth” and have a “seepage effect” on other generations in the community.
The group said it would host a meet and greet earlier this month and posted images of a handwritten sign and people signing a document on its Facebook page.
Calls for greater diversity in Ivy League schools have increased in the past year in the wake of the George Floyd murder and BLM protests calling for and ending racism
A BLM protest last year in Dallas, Texas, as people demanded racial justice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder
Washington told Dallas City Wire that DJN plans to launch an advisory board that will include Professor Troy Harden, director of the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute at Texas A&M University.
Calls for greater diversity in Ivy League schools have increased over the past year in the wake of the George Floyd murder and BLM protests demanding an end to racism across America.
Harvard announced a more diverse class of 2025 in April, with 18 percent of students identifying as African American or Black, 27.2 percent Asian American, 13.3 percent Latinx, 1.2 percent Native American, and 0.6 percent as Native Hawaiian.
Meanwhile, the university is being sued by a group that claims it imposes a “racial penalty” on Asian-American applicants by systematically scoring them lower in some categories than other applicants and assigning “huge preferences” to black and Hispanic applicants .
Harvard denies discriminating against Asian-American applicants and says it has limited focus on race.
Lower courts sided with the university, but the plaintiffs, a group called Students for Fair Admissions and anti-positive activist Edward Blum, appealed the decision.
Last month, the Supreme Court asked the Biden administration to give its opinion on whether the judges should hear the challenge.