University of North Carolina Board Votes To End ‘DEI’

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Another major university system is on the verge of reforming its “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” programs, joining the University of Florida in changing or ending “DEI programs” that critics say often discriminate against white, Jewish, and Asians in the name of social justice.  

The Board of Trustees for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have unanimously voted to do away with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs in an effort to pay for more campus police funding.

The Daily Caller reported that one famous university’s leadership has finally said enough is enough. 

Approximately $2.3 million was rerouted from UNC-Chapel Hill’s DEI programs into “public safety” during a special board meeting, WUNC reported.

Marty Kotis, vice chair of the board’s budget and finance committee, reportedly brought forth the “flex cut amendment” responsible for shutting down the university’s DEI programs, which he called “discriminatory and divisive.” It is not yet known whether layoffs will occur following the board’s decision, according to the outlet.

“I think that DEI in a lot of people’s minds is divisions, exclusion and indoctrination,” Kotis reportedly said. “We need more unity and togetherness, more dialogue, more diversity of thought.”

Anti-Israel demonstrations have taken place on college campuses across the U.S., including at UNC-Chapel Hill. Kotis emphasized the importance of police receiving additional funding as pro-Palestinian groups seek to “disrupt the university’s operations,” the outlet reported.

“When you destroy property or you take down the U.S. flag and you have to put up gates around it — that costs money,” Kotis reportedly said. “It’s imperative that we have the proper resources for law enforcement to protect the campus.”

UNC recently became a flashpoint around the current conflict occurring at colleges across the United States between pro-Palestinian “protesters” and normal students when a group of fraternity members stood up for the American flag after campus leftists tried to take down the Old Glory and replace it with a Palestinian flag. 

Fox News wrote that “after enduring nearly an hour of screaming, slurring and flying objects, the fraternity brothers held up the fallen American flag until it could be restored in a display that many considered a heroic act of patriotism. A GoFundMe was started to throw a party for the fraternities involved, which raised over half a million dollars by the time donations closed. 

Will, a member of UNC’s Phi Delta Theta chapter, told Fox News Digital that in the lead-up to last Tuesday’s protest, he spent time talking to people to better understand exactly what they aimed to achieve with their demonstrations. Will said he and his friend Ben went to see the protest in the early afternoon, but ultimately left. Once they heard the American flag had been ripped down and replaced by the Palestinian flag, they rushed back to campus. 

‘We were kind of baffled,’ Will said of his experience watching the Palestinian flag raise up on the flag pole at the American university.

‘My biggest fear was that they had taken it down, it was under their feet or they’re gonna try to light fire to it or something, but it ended up being taken by police,” he added. “We hung out, [but] we were getting increasingly frustrated because we’re both relatively neutral in the conflict. At the end of the day, it’s a world away from here and we can’t make much of a difference from North Carolina. It immediately became an issue for me and for a lot of other people that the American flag came down.'”

The boys were rewarded for protecting the flag. Go Fund Me account was set up for the fraternity brothers and has so far raised over $500,000. to “throw them a rager.” 

The decision to allocate additional funds toward public safety by the UNC Board coincides with ongoing pro-Palestinian demonstrations at the Chapel Hill campus, which have led to multiple arrests in recent weeks.

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