An Open Letter to the Shelby County Legislative Delegation
With Regards to the 1960's Style of Black Tokenism
Practiced at the University of Memphis Under
Joyce Raines and Ralph Faudree
To the Legislative Delegation:
This letter is addressed to you as representatives of the taxpayers of the state of Tennessee who contribute a substantial portion of the operating budget of the University of Memphis, as trustees of state businesses who donate substantial funds to the University, and as guardians of our students who pay tuition to the University. This letter concerns the operation of the University under the current President Shirley Raines and Provost Ralph Faudree, particularly with regards to none foreign born black faculty and graduate students at the University of Memphis.
While most major universities are aggressively trying to recruit, retain, and promote qualified black faculty and graduate students, the University of Memphis, under this current administration, appears to operate under a 1960s form of tokenism, of marginalization, and of benign neglect of those black faculty members who have not been hand-picked by the administration for success, positions, promotion, and salary, as well as an apparent lack of interest in black Phd candidates.