The recent announcement by Texas A&M University President Robert Gates on the suspension of affirmative action places the College Station, Texas campus once again at the center of leadership for Republican-style racism. Texas A&M University is the home of the George Bush presidential library and hosts a student body that is among the most conservative in the world.
On Dec. 3 (2003) Gates released a statement declaring that Texas A&M would no longer pursue affirmative action. The decision is dismaying but hardly shocking, because the Texas A&M University System has been historically reluctant to produce excellence in anti-racist leadership skills.
Please see links and resources collected at the Texas Civil Rights Review. The evidence is consistent and weighty in support of the proposition that “interposition and nullification” is the living soul of the “Aggie Miracle.”
The words “interposition and nullification” are taken from the 1963 “I Have a Dream Speech” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.