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Dr. Patrick Gallagher
University of Pittsburgh
Dear Chancellor Gallagher,
I am writing to express my disappointment and outrage that the University of Pittsburgh was recently named to the list of the Top Ten Most Racist Colleges & Universities released by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
As the report notes, the University of Pittsburgh recently introduced a new mandatory course for incoming freshmen designed to teach critical race theory and Black Lives Matter propaganda. Titled “Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology, and Resistance,” the course purports “to allow students to gain an understanding of the country’s long struggle with anti-Black racism.”
But while the Pitt administration has claimed that the purpose of its new mandatory instruction is to stifle racist thought and action, the content of the course proves that its intent is the exact opposite. Like much of critical race theory, the new class is based on the idea that all whites are inherently racist and seek to perpetuate that racism in society—a blatantly racist and offensive idea. Lectures presented in the class deride truly anti-racist principles such as “color blindness” and “meritocracy” as “microaggressions” while promoting race-based hiring and admissions.
I respectfully ask that you immediately cease the forced indoctrination of students through this mandatory “anti-racism” course and seek to renew Pitt’s commitment to freedom of speech and thought.