Last night as I was perusing the news, looking for the odd, yet important tidbit that we may have missed amidst all the distractions that have been thrown in our path this week, I came across three headlines. The first gave me great pleasure and I was encouraged. The second, however, offset the warm fuzzy feeling of the first. But nothing could compare to the rage brought on by the third.
NYU Offers Free Tuition For All Its Medical Students
The cost of a college education, as most of us know, has become an enormous burden, so much so that there is growing concern that ultimately only the very wealthy will have the opportunity to earn a college degree. My own daughter, with two degrees, currently has a mound of college debt to the tune of $130,000. Last December, Columbia University announced it had received a gift of $250 million from Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, an alumnus who is also a former chairman of Merck & Co. The money would be used to provide full-tuition scholarships to the neediest students, and grants rather than loans, to others. On Thursday, The New York University School of Medicine went one better and announced that it would cover the tuition of all its students, regardless of merit or need. In light of the crushing debt that so many students find daunting upon graduation, many med students are opting for specialty fields where the earnings potential is greater, leaving a shortage in general practice, pediatrics and research. In 2017, the average med student left NYU with debt of $184,000.
“This decision recognizes a moral imperative that must be addressed, as institutions place an increasing debt burden on young people who aspire to become physicians.” – Robert Grossman, Dean of NYU School of Medicine
NYU is raising the money to cover the cost of this plan in part through donations, such as the $100 million that has been contributed by Kenneth G. Langone, the founder of Home Depot. UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine has a similar program but with a big difference: it is based solely on merit rather than need.
This announcement is excellent news and I hope to see more colleges and universities follow suit in the coming years. There is nothing more crucial to this nation than the education of our citizens.
Judge Allows Trump Administration to Dismantle Key Part of Housing Desegregation Rule
Ben Carson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is gloating today, for his wish has been granted. In an effort to enforce the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and eliminate discrimination in housing, there is a requirement that cities and towns applying for housing grants from HUD had to complete a comprehensive assessment explaining how housing segregation exists in their communities, and how they plan to address it. The requirement is part of Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule (AFFH), a 2015 initiative to eliminate discrimination in housing.
Upon taking office last year, Carson declared desegregation initiatives to be “a failed social experiment”, and in May, the agency withdrew the reporting requirement. A coalition of fair housing advocates and the State of New York immediately filed suit in federal court to stop the agency from abolishing the requirement. On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell ruled in HUD’s favour, thus ensuring that discrimination in housing will not only continue, but likely become an even bigger problem in the future. Way to go, Judge Howell … yet another step backward in the cause of justice and civil rights.
Ben Carson has announced that he intends to further cripple, or eliminate altogether, the AFFH and replace it with some form of ‘zoning laws’. Carson should have stuck to being a doctor and kept his nose out of politics.
New Jersey School Board Candidate Called Black People ‘Animals’ and ‘Useless Wastes of Life’
Meet Richard Jankowski, candidate for a seat on the New Jersey School Board. Jankowski is a racist and a homophobe, among other things. In July 2013, on that day when George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges for killing Travyon Martin, Jankowski posted on Facebook: “Glad the legal system finally got it right”.
After the murder of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, Jankowski posted, again on Facebook, “Hats off to the residents of Ferguson, Missouri … once again you animals showed your stupidity and ignorance by looting and burning businesses in your own town because a shoplifting kid who assaulted a cop was shot … act like a law abiding citizen and this crap never happens!”
And a few days later …
“You are not Americans, you are animals who disgust me. … Get a f—— job and contribute you useless wastes of life instead of constantly committing crimes and protesting when you get what you deserve.”
And a few months later …
“So now I watch videos of the ‘protesters’ throwing trash cans and any other items at any white person they see…….time to start firing bullets into these f—–g monkeys and send them to their graves.”
Over the years, using his Facebook page to amplify his voice, he has made insensitive or insulting remarks about: blacks, gays, people with mental disabilities, protesters, kneeling NFL players and specifically Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, O.J. Simpson, Caitlyn Jenner, Trayvon Martin, affirmative action supporters, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, Cher and “whoever the hell Moby is” — in addition to Obama, James and the protesters in Ferguson. His Facebook page was de-activated earlier this week.
Apparently, Mr. Jankowski only likes straight, white males. And now he is running for one of the three open seats on the school board in Monroe Township, New Jersey. I cannot understand where he got the unmitigated gall to even put his name on the ballot. Jankowski stands literally no chance (wait, didn’t I say that about Trump, too?) of winning the seat, but what disturbs me most is that this person exists. His uber-bigotry against virtually half of the nation or more, is horrifying. How do people come to think like this?
Mr. Jankowski is the poster child for “U.G.L.Y.”. How many more are out there, walking among us?