I’m furious about what was said about Hillsdale College in the Senate last night. Not that I ever have held respect for politicians, but these folks owe us a HUGE apology.
Hillsdale was color-blind from DAY ONE of its existence–back in 1844. We were founded by abolitionists, and one of our first great speakers and visitors was Frederick Douglass.
Hillsdale was the first college to allow women the right to earn a liberal arts degree.
Almost every single male student volunteered on day one of the U.S. Civil War to fight for the Union, and many gave their lives playing a central role in the defense of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. Outside of the military academies, not a single northern college can match what we did.
Hillsdale men served valiantly in the 2nd, 4th, and 24th Michigan regiments.
In the 1950s, Hillsdale refused to play a major football game because blacks were not allowed on the field.
To this very day, Hillsdale remains COMPLETELY and 100% blind when it comes to the color, race, ethnicity, and religion of its students.
We–as a college–were in favor of racial equality long before the Federal Government was.
So, Senators–feel free to manipulate and cajole and stab each other in the back. Do us a nice courtesy and just leave us alone. That’s all we ask. No help, and no hindrance. You have never sought equality. You seek uniformity. Go to the devil.