N-word reveals the problem

Roger Williams University

So a University board chairman was complianing that he was having trouble finding Blacks to full this board. I know 25 – 50 Blacks that are qualified right off the top of my head. Maybe there is something wrong with a Board in which someone can use the N-word and feel that it is okay. Maybe it has something to do with the atmosphere of the Board and of the School.

So, if you go to the Roger Williams web site and look under Fast Facts there is no mention of minority enrollment. None. There is only one photo that I can find that has a Black face. I admit that I didn’t look at every page on the web site but I did look at quite a lot. If you look under People Profiles there is no office of Minority Affairs. Interesting.


From CNN.com:

The longtime chairman of the Roger Williams University board admitted Monday to using the N-word during a board meeting, saying it “kind of slipped out.”

“I apologized for that,” Ralph Papitto said in an interview on WPRO-AM. “What else can I do? Kill myself?”

Papitto, 80, who stepped down earlier this month after nearly 40 years on the board, admitted he had used the racial slur at a May meeting of the school’s board of trustees.

He had been discussing the difficulty of finding blacks and other minorities to serve on the 16-member board, which at the time included 14 white men and two women.  (more…)