Much of the world is outraged over the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram.
It is threatening to sell them into slavery and forced marriage.
Why? Because they do not believe girls should receive an education and that women are inferior to men.
Meanwhile, here at home in New Jersey, a student and faculty protest against former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice led to her decision not to give the commencement address.
If there is one person who probably agrees with Rutgers University faculty and students who protested Rice’s giving the commencement address, it is the bloodthirsty Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.
Rice represents everything this terrorist group, and many Islamic radicals detest — the education and equality of women — especially women of color. Rice is a great role model for those Nigerian girls and all young girls around the world.
Rutgers University President Robert Barchi said that the University’s choice for commencement speaker “as a 'public servant, educator and statesman speaks to the civility, integrity, and vision that we hope will guide our graduates as they pursue their careers or further their studies.'”
No, he was not speaking of Rice, the first black female ever to hold such positions and the first female to hold the position of national security adviser who turned down Rutgers’ invitation to be the commencement speaker after faculty and student protests.
He was referring to former New Jersey Gov. Tom Keane who unfortunately agreed to take her place.
What was Keane thinking?
By agreeing to replace Rice, he indirectly sent a message that he had no problem with those leftist students and faculty whose bullying against Rice’s appearance represent just the opposite of what the marketplace of ideas of a University is supposed to represent.
Barchi’s praises of Keane dug himself and Rutgers into a deeper liberal sink hole of hypocrisy: “Gov. Keane is a national role model as a statesman who built bridges across partisan, racial, ethnic and ideological divides for the sole purpose of improving the quality of life for the people he served. We are honored that he has accepted our invitation to address our graduates.”
Are you kidding Mr. University President? What is Rice? Chicken feed?
Just compare her accomplishments on the national and world stage to Gov. Keane’s. There are few.
There can be no greater role model for young women and women of all colors throughout the world, including those 300 girls kidnapped and who may be sold into bondage.
When it comes to race and appreciating blacks and women who have overcome obstacles and went on to achieve the highest positions in corporate America, academia or government, she ranks at the top of the list. Raised in the segregated South, she is also a celebrated concert pianist and the recipient of the NAACP Image Award.
Regardless of politics, you would think that liberals, feminists, and Democrats especially would applaud her accomplishments, be her loudest advocates and condemn those at Rutgers who have managed to keep her away.
Secretary Rice is a black Republican and that is heresy to much of the black and white liberal academic, Democratic and media establishments. Just ask South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.
Those at Rutgers who opposed Rice’s appearance should have been roundly condemned by the nation’s civil rights and black political — and women’s group — establishments. But that would assume that they have any self-respect, credibility or courage when comes to straying from the liberal “political plantation.”
But, lest we forget that, unlike Jewish Americans who do not tolerate disrespect to one of their own or their issues, most of these black groups and leaders seem to love pulling the lynch rope and refusing to support blacks who disagree with their political solutions to problems.
To do so would displease their liberal benefactors.
And so it is with Secretary Rice — silence from those who should be in the forefront of condemning those who would keep her away.
They sit on the hillside and watch the political lynching of an accomplished black woman and say: “who cares about her landmark accomplishments, she is a black Republican, let her swing from the Rutgers political correctness lynching tree.”
Apparently, the majority of the Rutgers faculty, the president and the board of trustees have spines of Jello on the issue. They did not stand up to those who don’t believe in the concept freedom of speech and tolerance.
To all of those white and black liberals at Rutgers and elsewhere who now have suddenly discovered the plight of African women, I remind them of what President George W. Bush said of Rice’s influence on Africa and the aids epidemic.
As reported in Dallasnews.com: “The former president has said he was urged by Condoleezza Rice, who became his national security adviser and then secretary of state, to help Africa beat back the plague of AIDS.”
By the time Bush and Rice left office, the death rate from AIDS had fallen more than 60 percent in Botswana alone. Obviously, that means nothing to those who protested her appearance.
As to Keane, shame on him. He should have declined the invitation and stood by Rice.
Speaking of governors, where is Gov. Chris Christie? Does he agree with the faculty and students who so disrespected Secretary Rice? If not, speak up!
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.
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