How to Make an Endorsement of Duke’s “A New Day for Racial Justice”
Duke Ophthalmology is in the midst of a “new day” for racial justice, according to a new campaign that is hoping to persuade the university to end its decades-old relationship with a controversial and discredited white supremacist group.
The “ANewDayForBlackPeople” campaign launched Wednesday is designed to persuade Duke’s Board of Governors to cancel the agreement that has allowed the university’s medical center to be linked to the Duke Initiative on Race and Equity (DIA) for over 20 years.
The DIA was founded in the 1960s by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., a racist white supremacist who was the first white supremacist to serve as an official in the Southern Baptist Convention.
It was the foundation of the American Civil Liberties Union, and later the National Council of La Raza, which was founded by Dr, Malcolm X. The Duke Initiative has long been considered a front for the KKK and the neo-Nazis it spawned.
However, as Duke has become more diverse, the Duke Council on Human Relations (DCHR) and its alumni have come out against it, saying it is a threat to racial justice and the advancement of black Americans.
The campaign argues that the Duke DCHR has long promoted a “race war” in which the university has become the “front for the Ku Klux Klan,” which the DCHRs critics say is not an endorsement of white supremacy, but rather an effort to promote “colorblindness” and a “multicultural society.”
“Duke has been part of the Klan and neo-Nazi movement for decades.
In fact, the very name of Duke University is a direct reference to the KKK.
It is a sign of how deeply embedded the Duke family has been in this racist ideology, and how it is no longer necessary to say ‘Klan’ to denounce this vile hate,” the campaign said.
The new campaign comes just days after the university announced it would cease the relationship with the Duke Institute for Black Studies (DIGS) and the Duke Center for Racial Change.
The institute has long served as a hub for white supremacist groups and is associated with a white supremacist organization called the League of the South.
The Institute has been linked to numerous instances of racism and violence against blacks and Latinos in the United States, including attacks on African American churches and the deaths of two young black men at the hands of white supremacists.
The University of Virginia, the nation’s most prestigious public university, was the target of a federal investigation after white supremacist Richard Spencer’s group was given a $1.2 million grant to conduct research and research in the university.
The school was also named in a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) against the university, which had been designated a hate group by the SPLC.
In September, the school announced that it had severed ties with Duke after the DIGS chapter was found to have “promoted white supremacy and anti-black bias.”
In a statement, the university said the university is continuing to work with the DICHR and its affiliates “to promote a racially inclusive and multicultural community” on campus.
“The Duke Council’s involvement in the Dichras [sic] Institute for Blacks and Latinx Studies was inappropriate and inappropriate to begin with,” the university stated in the statement.
“It is important to note that our relationship with Dichra is no more than a contract, and we have no desire to return to this relationship.
Duke and the Council on Black Students are working together to make that clear to all members of our community.”
Duke University did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Breitbart News.
The move by the Duke University Council on African Americans and Latinxs Studies (CAHLS) follows the announcement last month by the University of California, Berkeley, that it would end its relationship with Duke and its affiliated organization.
The university announced in December that it will not renew its relationship and that the Council for Asian American Studies (CASA) would take over its administration.
CAHLS has since been replaced by a new council, the African American Studies Center.