Nebraska Republican Lawmaker Says 'White Conservative Christian Males' Will Suffer if University Hires Diversity Director

Nebraska Republican Lawmaker Says 'White Conservative Christian Males' Will Suffer if University Hires Diversity Director

A state lawmaker is warning the University of Nebraska that if it hires its first Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion, "White Christian conservative males" and "White professors" will suffer.


On his official Nebraska State Legislature page Republican Sen. Steve Erdman   published a column called, "Straight Talk From Steve." In his lengthy diatribe he chastises University officials for even considering hiring a diversity director "when they are eliminating vital sports programs" at one campus.

Senator Erdman claims that "every word spoken by White Christian conservative males at the school will be excruciatingly scrutinized against the backdrop of the new Vice Chancellor’s extremist progressive worldview." To be clear, no candidate has been named, so Erdman believes that anyone focused on diversity and inclusion holds an "extremist progressive worldview."

By way of example, Erdman offers that "any student who dares to suggest that marriage should be defined as the union between a man and a woman will quickly find himself being beaten down by a torrent of LGBTQ complaints followed by psycho-analysis and reprogramming. If the student doesn’t understand the underlying reasons for his stereo-typical beliefs, one will be provided for him."

Sen. Erdman works to ensure his racist and homophobic diatribe isn't viewed as racist or homophobic.

"While nobody I know advocates for racial, gender or sexual orientation discrimination, we should still ask why NU needs a Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, if not to impose favoritism upon these groups," he writes.

And he calls ensuring diversity and inclusion, "Favoring people by way of their genitalia, the color of their skin, and their sexual orientation."

Erdman tells The Washington Post, “I have black friends and I have Hispanic friends, but I don’t look at them as black and Hispanic, I look at them as American.”

This is far from the first time Erdman has entered public debate with the desire to push back against what he sees as progressive views. Or, as he recently said, "to defend the young people who are conservative."

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