Outrage Ensues When Four White Students Win MLK Jr. Day Essay Contest

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by Lynn Foster

So much for being judged “by the content of one’s character.”

The University of Montana has very few black students. Which is understandable, because the state of Montana has very few black people.

This demographic profile created some issues, however, when the school sponsored a Martin Luther King Jr. Day essay contest and four white students were announced as the winners. Students and other observers (most of them white themselves) got very upset.

“Jesus Christ this is shameful and embarrassing, and I say that as a pasty ass white girl,” wrote Nika Martignoni on a Facebook post announcing the contest winners. “I’m cringing for you because clearly none of you who ran this contest were raised with the good grace to do the cringing yourselves. You should be ashamed of yourselves.”

Too bad leftist SJWs disagree with him.

The fact that white students were the only winners wasn’t due to racism by the judges, though. It turns out, no black students entered the contest at all — a revelation that led to another category of public criticism, aimed at the university’s lack of scrutiny about why no black students had participated.

There’s just no pleasing social justice warriors

“Why was there no curiosity from the panel, the head of the department, or others involved, about the absence of black participants?” wrote Laura Nigh, who is black, on Facebook. “Having grown up in all white spaces, I often avoided events such as this because I knew the purpose was a performative gesture from the administration. … Rather than sellout/compromise myself, I would avoid the performance.”

Adding to the fire was the fact that the MLK Jr. Day committee chairman, who is also the director of the African American Studies program, is white.

The university’s Facebook post about the contest winners was eventually taken down, as the winners had begun receiving threats from people online, through no fault of their own.

Heather MacDonald of The Wall Street Journal noted in an opinion piece that as much as the university may be lacking diversity, it actually contains a slightly higher percentage of black students in its population than the state has in its population. The university’s undergraduate population is 79 percent white and 1 percent black, while the state is 89 percent white and 0.6 percent black.

“The essay submission rate for white undergraduates was 0.1%,” MacDonald wrote. “If the school’s population of black students had submitted at the same rate, 0.08% of the essay contest submissions would have been from black writers. That’s essentially zero, which is, in fact, how many such submissions were received.”

The university called criticism of the contest results both “fair” and “troubling.”

“Yes. These students are white. But the color of their skin does not preclude them from submitting an essay, publicly honoring MLK or working toward equality,” read a post on the University of Montana’s Facebook page.

2 thoughts on “Outrage Ensues When Four White Students Win MLK Jr. Day Essay Contest

  1. So are all black people are banned from writing about white people as well? Or just are they just banned from winning awards for doing it? Are they banned from golf and playing the bagpipe as well? This is very confusing and apparently the entire University of Montana (students and faculty combined) are far too stupid to illuminate this issue further.

    Even though MLK seemed to rail against quotas he obviously meant exactly the opposite of what he repeatedly said. I see. Any evidence for this position or are the truly dense and dim-witted excused from making logical arguments? Or does your University not partake in that field of study?

  2. Whine Whine Whine

    Get your young butts in gear and become someone useful as opposed to looking for racism under every rock and sniveling all the time. The world and life are rocketing past you as you sit there and cry. Forget about your ethnic scorecard, trendy buzzwords of the month, and convenient ethnic pigeon-holing.

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