Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mark Pulliam extracts APOLOGY from TEXAS EXES


"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
Galatians 6:9

Quite the CAVE:

STATEMENT ON JUSTICE SCALIA COMMENTS

STATEMENT ON OUR RESPONSE TO JUSTICE SCALIA'S COMMENTS DURING ORAL ARGUMENTS IN FISHER V. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

As an alumni organization, we represent viewpoints as rich and diverse as the University of Texas student body. In all of our communications, we strive to build bridges, create understanding, and spark thoughtful, respectful dialogue amongst our alumni. Unfortunately, this past week, while seeking to inform alumni on Fisher v. University of Texas, we fell short of that goal.
While the Texas Exes have taken no position as to the merits of that case, our intention when tweeting about Justice Scalia’s comments was to support our alumni, many of whom felt insulted by his line of inquiry during oral arguments. In our eagerness to defend our alumni, we deviated from our own standards when engaging in often heated debate and overstepped our bounds, and for that we apologize.
African American and other students of diverse backgrounds do succeed at UT-Austin, and the legions of alumni who stepped up to highlight their academic success are testament to that. We will, of course, continue to unapologetically defend the quality of all our alumni and our university 'til Gabriel blows his horn!
Antonio Garza, President
December 16, 2015
A high-ranking University source with whom we corresponded this morning called the Texas Exes statement "passive-aggressive"; we agree, but the fact that they felt compelled to address the controversy in the first place speaks volumes.

As Pulliam elaborated at National Review Online:
Tepid? Yes. Inadequate? Undoubtedly. (Taliaferro should have been fired.) But gratifying? Certainly. Even the most politically correct, Left-leaning alumni organizations can be confronted and forced to back down if only vocal members speak up.
Bottom Line: We can only imagine the backlash the Texas Exes received to lead them to eat crow.  That the apology wasn't sincere is irrelevant.  There is a pungent odor of blood in the water....

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