UCLA Professor Eddie R. Cole discusses history of institutional racism at U.S. universities

Andrew Somerville
Daily Princetonian

Excerpt: Eddie R. Cole, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change at UCLA, discussed the history of affirmative action and institutional racism at a virtual event hosted by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. The focus of the event was his most recent book, “The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom.” The overall issue was brought up during the discussion to demonstrate how freedom of speech is inherently tied to institutional racism at the University. “A lot of Black history doesn’t necessarily frame free speech as a racial issue,” said Cole, “but it is very much a racial issue.”