As the only Hillsdale College grad at National Review, let me point out a few things. The ad for the Academy (the College’s K-12 private school) reads: “Want to Bring Back ‘The Good Old Days’?” To us, the good old days date back to the College’s founding in 1844. Hillsdale was the first college in the country to prohibit discrimination based on race, religion, or sex in its charter. The College sent the highest proportion of its sons, outside of the military academies, to fight on behalf of the Union in the Civil War. In 1955, the football team refused an invitation to play in the Tangerine Bowl because the event organizers would not let Hillsdale’s black students play.
College administrators don’t pre-arrange publicity photos with “acceptable” numbers of minority representation, like many other institutions do. As its founders declared, Hillsdale’s mission is “to furnish all persons who wish, irrespective of nation, color, or sex, a literary and scientific education.” Enough said.