Editorial: Racial bias at commencement

U.S. Senator John Cornyn was invited and then uninvited to deliver the commencement address at Texas Southern University.

Why the switch?

Because Sen. Cornyn is white. Texas Southern is an historically black university. More than 800 people there signed a petition that was started by a student who opposed having a white, Republican senator speak at the May graduation in Houston.  The petition cited Cornyn’s support of the appointment of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. DeVos was booed at another historically black university.

The petition also cited his support of former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who is now attorney general. The petition states that Sessions supported “discriminatory policies and politicians” even though that is patently untrue.

“We have the right to decide if we want to refuse to sit and listen to the words of a politician who chooses to use his political power in ways that continually harm marginalized and oppressed people,” the petition said.

The spineless university administration said they took this action so that the ceremony would be remembered for the “right reasons.”

Translation: There’s no room here for a white, Republican senator.

When America elected its first black president, Barack Obama, liberals and progressives proclaimed a new era in race relations as minorities got a voice at the seat of power.

Instead, Obama stoked the flames of bigotry and the rioting of the 1960s suddenly resurfaced. Anyone who disagreed with Obama on any policy was labeled a bigot in an effort to stifle public discourse.

Shame on Texas Southern University for bowing to a handful of malcontents. This is just making things worse.