Oxford Mentor Scheme for Black Students

first_imgUS human rights activist Rev Jesse Jackson is heading up a campaign to encourage more black students to apply to Oxford.The project, which will be headed under the title of ‘Aspire’, is being pushed by Regent’s Park College, Canterbury Christ Church University and the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) racial justice team. The programme will focus on establishing and adding to mentoring schemes around Britain, in an attempt to identify problem areas faced by those thinking of applying to universities.Of the applications made to Oxford last year, only 151 of the applicants were black. Of that number, 26 were offered places. Myra Blythe, chaplain of Regent’s Park, said: “We are tapping into what is a nationwide issue but looking at it from the Oxford perspective.” “It is a major problem, not only in this country, but as Jessee Jackson is highlighting, in the United States too.”last_img read more


first_img MALEVOLENT OR INDIFFERENTGAVEL GAMUT By Jim RedwineFor thousands of years humans have pondered the same theological issues: Are there gods and, if so, are they benevolent, malevolent or indifferent towards humans? Of course, this debate can readily be applied to humans without reference to gods. How do we relate to one another? Are we generally good, bad or indifferent towards others?In my work, I have almost never encountered a purely evil person nor an unfailingly good one. My experience has been that most of us fall into neither category. Pretty much we just muddle through life somewhere between these extremes while generally behaving rather indifferently to much of what passes by.That basic human tendency is what leads us to put off until, maybe, later what we should address today. It is not a failure of conscience that results in inaction; it is simply more comfortable to ignore injustice than to address it, especially if it is a collective community injustice from long ago. Such is what has led us away from publicly recognizing the events of October and November 1878.No one alive bears any direct culpability for injustices done to Jim Good, Edward Warner, Jeff Hopkins, William Chambers, Daniel Harrison (Harris), Sr., Daniel Harrison, Jr. and John Harrison in Posey County, Indiana in 1878 by virtually the entire white power structure. But we can now begin to absolve our community of one hundred and forty years of injustice and indifference. In other words, we should not look to the gods for absolution, it is we who must deliver ourselves.Want to read other Gavel Gamut articles? Go to www.jamesmredwine.comOr “Like” us on Facebook at JPegRanchBooksandKnittingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more