Florida Senate Resolution 2742

Florida Senate - 1999 (NP) SR 2742
By Senators Jones, Forman, Hargrett, Casas, Meek, Dawson-White, Klein, Silver, Diaz-Balart, Gutman, Geller, Saunders and Holzendorf

40-2219D-99

Senate Resolution No. 2742

A resolution condemning the racism and bigotry espoused by Florida State University Professor Glayde Whitney.

WHEREAS, it is a basic and inalienable right of all Floridians, as written in the Constitution of the State of Florida that "All natural persons, female and male alike, are equal before the law," and "No person shall be deprived of any right because of race, religion, national origin, or physical disability" (Section 2, Article I of the State Constitution), and

WHEREAS, the Constitution of the State of Florida also states that "Every person may speak, write, and publish sentiments on all subjects but shall be responsible for the abuse of that right" (Section 4, Article I of the State Constitution), and

WHEREAS, the Florida Senate opposes racism, bigotry, and all forms of ethnic and religious intolerance, and

WHEREAS, the Florida Senate supports policies that uphold provisions of the Constitution of the State of Florida and provide equal opportunity for all, and

WHEREAS, Florida State University tenured Professor Glayde Whitney, through his writings and utterances, promulgates dogma that supports white supremacy and anti-Semitism and undermines the efforts of the Florida Senate to advance equal opportunity for all, and

WHEREAS, the Florida Senate concludes that Professor Whitney's views are amply evidenced by his statements, written and oral, regarding genetic predispositions, and his affiliations with known supremacist and separatist groups, and

Florida Senate - 1999 (NP) SR 2742

40-2219D-99

WHEREAS, the Florida Senate concludes that Florida State University Professor Glayde Whitney's writings and utterances are abhorrent and contravene and seek to undermine the basic rights written in the State of Florida Constitution, its statutes, and its policies, 

NOW, THEREFORE, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida: That the Florida Senate condemns the racist, intolerant, and divisive teachings of Professor Glayde Whitney as an affront to the values and morals of our state and nation, and repudiates his views with this instrument of truth. The Florida Senate hereby directs the Florida Board of Regents, the Chancellor of the State University System, and the President of Florida State University to conduct an investigation to determine whether Professor Whitney is the recipient of State of Florida, United States Government, or research grants from the racist Pioneer Fund, and whether taxpayer funds are being used to further Professor Whitney's racist theories, utterances and writings. The Florida Senate further directs the Chancellor of the State University System to forward a Report of its findings to the Governor, Cabinet, President and Minority Leader of the Senate, and the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, within sixty (60) days. Part of these findings should include a statistical analysis to determine whether Professor Whitney's philosophy has affected his evaluation of student performance and grading.

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