Three Latino students were described as “mediocre” and “pretty bad” in a mass email that was accidentally sent by a professor to students registering for a mock trial class at the University of Maryland.
The Regents professor sent an email which included his lawyer daughter’s comments about three unqualified Latino students they wanted to include because of their race. The dilemma described in the email was the students were “mediocre” and “pretty bad”.
Mock trial is a specialized class and students don’t usually sign up for it unless they have special skills for it and experience. Mediocre students will drag it down.
Visiting Professor Mark Graber inadvertently sent it out with remarks by his lawyer daughter Abigail Graber who volunteered as an assistant coach for the team. The university asked them to resign after the email was sent and they both did.
In the email to students, Abigail Graber wrote that she had a question about diversity. She lamented there were “almost no Latino students on team,” and added that the Latino students were not very qualified for the class.
“If I were to rank purely on performance, I would probably only take 1 of them. Should I take 2? All three? None have mock trial experience,” Abigail Graber wrote. “The mediocre one is extremely involved in community activism/organizing (she’s the one I would probably take no matter what, what she lacks in skill she makes up in confidence, although she may be too busy for this commitment).”
She told the truth as she saw it.
Jocelyn Nolasco, a Latina student who received the email, said she was shocked. The 20-year-old thought she was being referred to as the “mediocre one.”
Perhaps what she should be asking herself is if she is mediocre and how can she improve.
“Are you serious?” she recalled thinking. “I had to read it over and over again to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing.”
She thought it was bigotry on the professor’s daughter’s part but it appears to be an honest assessment.
Within seven minutes of sending the email with the remarks, the Professor apologized.
“Huge apologies to Abigail and all of you. I thought I had edited the email so that all that was on the forwarded email was names and emails,” he wrote to the class. “Please ignore the rest and accept my apologies. Jet lag.”
In an email to the mock trial team, Abigail Graber wrote that she was “terribly sad to leave the program and all of you this way.”
She complimented the students and added, “I can’t wait to see you make waves in the law, in politics, in science, or in whatever field you choose.”
Mark Graber emailed Nolasco to apologize. Nolasco is president of the Latinx Student Union and holds a leadership position in the campus NAACP chapter.
Mark Graber wrote that he was “sick to my stomach” about the email.
“A special apology to you, because while other students could only guess their confidential assessment, yours is obvious from the context,” Mark Graber wrote. “I am sending this message to you because I sincerely hope you stay in the program (and I am happy to talk about our commitment to diversity as well). You clearly wish to be a voice for equal rights. This program is about finding that voice.”
Nolasco remained unhappy because he only apologized for the students seeing the email, not for comments made.
Apparently he thinks she is ‘mediocre’. That doesn’t require an apology but she should want to know how to improve.
If you were Nolasco, wouldn’t you want to know what your weaknesses are and work on them? Not be lied to?
Anti-white supremacist/alleged white supremacist fliers are regularly posted on the campus and student groups constantly present lists of demands calling for better representation of marginalized communities.
Associate dean Katherine Russell has reached out to students who received the email to let them know that they can discuss concerns with her and with the chairman of the Government and Politics Department.
In other words, the Professor and his lawyer daughter were trying to decide if they were going to take one, two, or three unqualified Latino students for diversity’s sake and this is somehow considered prejudice. The daughter only mentioned race to determine how many to take for affirmative actions sake.
This is the tender care given the snowflake generation. These students need to be told the truth about their abilities regardless of race.
The movement you see reflected here is equity over equality. Minorities demand equity which is not based on merit as equality is, it’s based on outcome. If not enough minorities are represented, no matter how mediocre, some must be chosen.