A social justice group has sent a letter to white Democrats in two wealthy Texas neighborhoods calling on them to pledge their children will not apply to Ivy League schools so that black students can get a spot instead.
Dallas Justice Now (DJN), which appears to have been set up recently, is asking white allies to commit to ‘making sacrifices to correct centuries of injustice.’
The group is specifically calling on people to sign its ‘college pledge’ not to send their children to Ivy League or US News & World Report Top 50 schools ‘and instead leave those spots open for students from Black, LatinX, and other marginalized backgrounds who were denied access to these institutions for hundreds of years.’
Ethnic minorities have long been underrepresented in Ivy League schools. At Harvard and Princeton, only around 6 percent of the total student body are black, according to Data USA. At Columbia and Cornell this figure stood at around 5 percent, while Brown around 7 percent.
DJN said in a press release it has sent the pledge out to the ’95 percent white Highland Park and University Park neighborhoods’.
Data from the US Census Bureau shows 88 percent of residents in University Park are white, with just 1.5 percent of people being black or African American. In Highland Park, 91 percent are white and less than 1 percent black or African American.
Both areas are among the richest in the state, with residents enjoying a median household income above $200,000 and Highland Park ranking in the 10 wealthiest communities in America back in 2018.
The average house price stood at $1.3 million in University Park and $1.5 million in Highland Park between 2015 and 2019, with some mansions along the iconic Beverly Drive currently on the market for $10 million.
The pledge letter, seen by Dallas City Wire, tells rich, white people they ‘earned or inherited your money through oppressing people of color’.
‘We are writing to you because we understand you are white and live within the Highland Park Independent School District and thus benefit from enormous privileges taken at the expense of communities of color,’ the letter reads.
‘You live in the whitest and wealthiest neighborhood in Dallas, whether you know it or not, you earned or inherited your money through oppressing people of color.’
It goes on to call out the white Democrats who stand with the Black Lives Matter movement, saying now is the time for them to ‘step up’ and make the area ‘more just.’
‘However, it is also our understanding that you are a Democrat and supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, which makes you one of our white allies and puts you in a position to help correct these cruel injustices,’ it reads.
‘We need you to step up and back up your words with action and truly sacrifice to make our segregated city more just.’
The pledge asks the recipient to check one of two boxes: ‘I am a racist hypocrite’ or ‘I agree’ to the pledge.
The group warned it will publicly announce the names of people who have and have not signed the pledge.
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