The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 54, Ed. 1 Saturday, April 30, 1949 Page: 2 of 4
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Education is Unequal I Review---
. The attention of the people of Texas was directed this week
to an unequal and inherently unjust system of segregated education
which is permitted to exist within their state's borders.
This week more than thirty Negroes were denied admission to
the various graduate schools of the University of Texas. Almost all
of the applications were filed in fields of study in which the State
of Texas does not offer Negro students the opportunity to continue
their education. Instead of meeting this need the Texas legislature
actually cut in half its original appropriations for Negro higher edu-
cation. The injustice of this and similar actions through the years
is even more apparent when it is placed beside the Texas constitutional
provision: "Separate schools shall be provided for the xvhite and
colored children, and impartial provisions shall he made for both."
The action of the thirty-seven applicants was a reasonable and
constructive action which might conceivably be an immediate factor
in restoring the original appropriation for the Texas State University for
Negroes. More important, the likely resort of these applicants to
the state courts will encourage that free discussion and debate by which
alone a truly permanent solution to this problem can be found.
There is an enduring attitude of hypocrisy evident in any system
which professes to offer equal opportunities but openly denies equal
education to some of its people. The citizens of Texas have refused
to live by their constitution and have persisted in denying the claims
of some of their fellow men to equal educational opportunities. An
enlightened and freedom-loving populace would have taken steps long
ago to insure the equality of universal education, and to assure all
qualified students the opportunity to continue their education as long as
they were capable and willing.
Thus far the citizens of Texas have been adamant in refusing
!o examine critically the present system. The conscience of every
Texas citizen may well cringe when he reads that the Assistant Reg-
lslrar at the University of Texas had to tell the applying Negro stu-
dents that the laws of Texas forbade them entrance because of their
color. 1 exans may well recall the words of 1 homas Jefferson:
"Indeed, 1 tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just;
that his justice cannot sleep forever. ..." A segregated and unequal
educational system is morally wrong, politically unjust, and economical-
ly unsound, inconsistent with the ideals of human brotherhood, and
With justice and fierce pride the South has maintained its right
lo decide regional questions for itself; it has preserved the Amercan
tradition of government close to home and close to the people. The
right of self government, a government which places primary emphasis
upon the responsibilities and freedoms of the individual is the essence
of this Southern-American tradition; 1 exan^- especially have always
chershed these ideals. But neither 1 exans nor any others have the
right, legal or moral, to deny equal educational opportunities to a
minority of their fellow citizens.
As a proudly independent people 1 exans must solve their own
problems by a relentless soul-searching and brutal self-criticism. Few
will sincerely defend unequal opportunities for education or claim that
our present system of segregations is or ever will be equal; few still
will deny the trend of mature thought and its ultimate jMOgress toward
equality. A continually increasing number of Texans are facing
the problem of segregated education, but they still answer the question
negatively: "Non-segregated education? Yes—but, not in our time."
1 exans have progressed in their social structure, but it cannot be
allowed to stop here. The challenge facing Texas citizens today is
the correction of a faulty system. 1 hey cannot meet that challenge
with averted eyes and closed minds; they cannot break the binding
chains of precedent if they are overcome with fear.
Hazing-A Student Matter
1 he attempt to establish the Freshman Guidance Committee as
an official subsidiary of the Student Council brings into the open
the intergral problems of hazing and compulsory participation. The
By-Law passed by the Council speaks ill for it and some of its.
members: the bill does not guarantee the right to freedom of partici-
pation, nor does it include a provision out-lawing hazing.
Exponents of hazing and compulsory participation have been
significantly silent. To argue their case before the court of student
opinion would explode the myth of their contentions. It is only by
hiding behind ignoble shams of honorable intentions, refusal to recog-
nize reason, and ignoring criticism that physical -hazing has escaped
the condemnaton of the Student Association.
Mothballs, molasses, duck-walking, brooming, wall-bracing, or
buttoning-up, or any other form of physical "correction" should not
be sanctioned or tolerated by the Student Association. Apologies
for an absence of direct control should not be substituted arguments
against protecting human dignity. Any "Guidance" program for
students is primarily a student matter. Any argument which says
that the student council is incapable of controlling this problem and
that it should be left to the administration is an attempt to escape
responsibility by rationalization. Hazing could never exist with a
determined majority of the students insisting that compulson by physical
or other means is unworthy of the professed ideals and standards of
Rice Institute. '
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with the Bursar of the Rice Coun-
cil. He shall have taken B.A. 220
or its equivalent. The Executive
Committee authorizes all expendi-
The Publicity Manager shall con-
tact local, national, school, and
The Display Manager shall coor-
dinate the exhibits within and
among the departments. He shall in-
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of the campus to be used in the
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areas, provide guides, and establish
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Manager, a member of the Execu-
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ment if such exists. If no such or-
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The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 54, Ed. 1 Saturday, April 30, 1949, newspaper, April 30, 1949; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth230809/m1/2/: accessed September 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rice University Woodson Research Center.