“Jim Crow” Racism at URI
Diversity Think Tank Founder, Professor Louis Fosu, teaches or has taught Constitutional Law, U.S. Supreme Court, Ethics, Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Economics and Nonviolence Advocacy for a more Equitable Society. He began asking uncomfortable questions at the University of Rhode Island after realizing that he was the one and only identifiable Black/African-American professor at New Faculty Orientation programs the year he was hired at URI. When he inquired from multiple administrators about the dearth of Black/African-American professors, he was consistently told that Blacks are hired but they do not want to stay.
However, that was far from the truth because who would not want to live in a state with an effective, sensible governor, clean air, beautiful beaches, a beautiful campus, polite citizens and very low COVID rates? Even a long-time NYC & DC urbanite like Louis Fosu — who still cannot drive a car –absolutely loves Rhode Island and its kind conscientious citizens who came out in large numbers to show a full and impressive support for Black Lives Matter demonstrations when George Floyd was murdered in cold blood by a White police officer. Fosu was deeply moved to see generations of White families in Rhode Island with their young children and with their babies in baby stroller carriages marching for George Floyd’s justice in Providence, Rhode Island and a Governor who responded with empathy and kindness.