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When former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was provost at Stanford, she was pro-affirmative action but had difficulty finding qualified people. During her tenure, she couldn’t fund some minority programs because of the poor finances of the university. Despite the fact that she is a black woman, students called her racist. The criticisms of President Gutmann are just as outrageous.

Michael Jackson wrote an inspired song called “Man in the Mirror.” It’s time members of the black community who criticize our president listen to that song, start looking in the mirror and start addressing the problems in their community that make it so hard for people like Secretary Rice and President Gutmann to find qualified candidates.

Gamaliel Isaac is a Penn alum and current staff member.

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