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Cartoon: “Opportunity for All” Means USD Student Groups Lose Offices

Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday is a good day to celebrate all the diverse voices without which we cannot form a more perfect Union. Of course, if you’re studying at USD or another public university in South Dakota, you may have trouble finding a room at the student union to promote those diverse voices, since the Regents have bowed to the one-party regime’s 1984 plot to dismantle Diversity Centers and rebrand their own apartheidist ideology as “opportunity for all“.

Jo Johnson, political cartoon, submitted to Dakota Free Press January 2022.
Jo Johnson, political cartoon, submitted to Dakota Free Press January 2022.

At USD, this ideological whitewash included evicting numerous student organizations from their dedicated office space on campus. Instead, those now homeless groups are left to compete for shared hourly meeting space in the Muenster Center.

Opportunity for All seems like less opportunity for anyone to build a strong student organization that upsets the homogeneous ideology of the powers that be in Pierre.

In preparation for this hearing, we have also reviewed the Diversity Reports recently provided by the Board of Regents. We are greatly concerned with the content of these reports that describe the intent to continue to pursue a political agenda through the Diversity (and Inclusion) Offices, the Diversity and Community Offices and other programs on campuses. According to Dr. Bean, these offices and programs exist to provide education on cultural diversity and a welcoming environment for “minority” students. However, a large portion of the activity and funding goes toward very specific politically motivated social justice programs….

Reforms should provide requirements that 1.) add onservative and intellectually diverse leadership to Diversity Offices and programs, 2.) shift from politically driven activity to education about cultural diversity and the benefits to all citizens of the orderly assimilation of people of other nations seeking better life in America, 3.) our heritage of welcoming people of other cultures who come here legally and follow the law and 4.) the enrichment provided by diverse peoples coming together in our nation and becoming one (E Pluribus Unum.) [Reps. Sue Peterson, Steven Haugaard, and Lee Qualm and Sens. Jim Stalzer, Brock Greenfield, Kris Langer, and Ryan Maher, letter to Molly Weisgram, exec. asst. to CEO, SD Board of Regents, 2019.06.12]

9 Comments

  1. Porter Lansing 2022-01-17

    Pursuing a political agenda by judging other’s political agenda. – Governor Gloom

  2. John 2022-01-17

    A hundred 120 years ago Noem’s nonsense would have been sweeping away the SD Norwegian, German, and Swedish immigrants. Recall that SD had 20 foreign language newspapers then and merchants advertised to hire clerks who spoke Norwegian, German, et al., to increase their service and sales.

    It’s instructive reflecting that my great great grandfather signed his application for US citizenship with his “X”, and 5 years later his US citizenship with his “X” – we have the copies.

    His grandson became the head of the English Department at NSU. his great grandson became a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice. Immigrants are vital to our nation. We are a nation of immigrants. We need to celebrate and support immigrants. Noem is crapping on the heritage of our grand, great grand, and great great grand parents. Noem is debasing our heritage.

  3. David Newquist 2022-01-17

    USD is undergoing a purge, Here is a statement from the inquisitors:

    The South Dakota Department of Education (SDDOE) is actively aiding and abetting these efforts to radicalize future teachers. As we explain in this article, the SDDOE literally requires that future K-12 teachers be trained to advance “social justice” and other neo-Marxist political goals, and to turn children into leftist activists. (In our next article, we’ll show that the SDDOE has also been promoting leftist radicalism in other disturbing ways).

    https://wokisd.wordpress.com/663-2/

  4. Mark Anderson 2022-01-18

    I read that David Newquist. It was extremely funny wasn’t it? I have to confess, I am a follower of neo-Markism and I just woke up.

  5. Richard Schriever 2022-01-18

    “….orderly assimilation of people…..” Translation: We are Borg.

  6. Richard Schriever 2022-01-18

    In the “Who we are” part of that neo-Fascist “Woki-leaks” thing, there is simply obfuscation and hiding behind catch-phrase “grass-rootyness”. No “Whos” are actually named. Pretty chicken-shi***, no?

  7. Arlo Blundt 2022-01-18

    Yes, Richard, I concur as far as chickens are concerned. It’s all a bunch of nonsense and obviously the only criteria for this discrimination is the color of a student’s skin or their sexual orientation. Remarkably backward and prejudicial and to what end???Let’s send kids to college to be stupider??? It won’t work…the kids won’t buy it.

  8. David Newquist 2022-01-18

    There are some absurd things going on at the campuses, particularly at USD and NSU. But they are having serious effects and have the complicity of state legislators. The firing of the president of NSU last spring is one of those effects. Academic professional organizations have received reports on some incidents and are discussing if sanctions are in order,

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