Ricketts, Carter react to UNL’s diversity plan
"Now our constitution specifically says in Article 1 Section 30, that it prohibits racial discrimination based on skin color and racial preferences. Our constitution specifically says that and yet, our chancellor of the university is promoting a program that would do that. He's violating the constitution," said Ricketts.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska University President Ted Carter and Gov. Pete Ricketts reacted to UNL’s recently announced diversity plan.
In an open letter to Nebraskans, Carter wrote that he saw an opportunity to implement a diversity plan at the University of Nebraska, similar to the progress he made at the U.S. Naval academy.
According to the letter, the difference in college attendance between whites and minorities in Nebraska is 25 percent, the third-worst in the country.
Carter acknowledged the controversy of the university’s plan to address racial inequalities, saying that not everyone will agree with every element of the proposed plan.
“I do believe most Nebraskans agree we can do more to make our state, our university, a more welcoming and accessible place for all. As we see in the headlines daily, our workforce challenges are urgent, and we do not retain enough of our young people. Too many students from disadvantaged backgrounds do not enroll in college and graduate, and those who do, don’t see enough people like them in our faculty and administrative ranks,” Carter wrote.
Carter applauded Ronnie Green for beginning the conversation with the university’s diversity plan.
Carter wrote that the university will not impose critical race theory on students, they will not hire candidates based on skin color, they will not close doors to any qualified students, and they will not limit the free exchange of ideas on campus.
Governor Ricketts also reacted to UNL’s diversity plan at a Monday morning press conference.
“Now our constitution specifically says in Article 1 Section 30, that it prohibits racial discrimination based on skin color and racial preferences. Our constitution specifically says that and yet, our chancellor of the university is promoting a program that would do that. He’s violating the constitution,” said Ricketts.
Ricketts says he was mislead during a phone call with UNL Chancellor, Ronnie Green.
During the press conference, Ricketts also spoke about President Carter’s open letter to Nebraskans.
“I saw President Carter’s letter today and while I appreciate the fact that President Carter is going to step in and take steps on this, I don’t see a reason to applaud Ronnie Green as he did in the letter. Ronnie Green made many, many mistakes when he was doing this, including misleading me. So I don’t see that as anything to applaud,” said Ricketts.
Ricketts believes the university failed in implementing the diversity plan, saying they need to start all over.
“What we should be striving for and what America is about, is equal opportunity. Making sure we’re getting individuals opportunities to succeed. We cannot guarantee equal outcomes. That’s Marxism. That’s Communism,” said Ricketts.