President Young to implement “The Demands” without “riots”

Open Records       May 14, 2017 8:41 PMBy:        0 comments

Support Aggies published new emails between System Chancellor John Sharp and University President Michael Young.

In the released records, Young uses the Black Liberation Collective “The Demands” as fodder to promote his political agenda. Young wrote “there is much we can, and should do,” and that “our minority students have legitimate concerns.” Young said that “most of our deans are actually excited to address some of these issues.” Interestingly, there are no specific demands for Texas A&M University listed on TheDemands.org.

In another email, Young tells Sharp that “we can do this without riots and sit ins (at least sometimes….).”

“Sure. I’d be happy to talk about all this with you too. By the time I left GW, it had the highest percentage of black law students of any of the highly selective law schools in the country and the third highest percentage of Hispanics. And I brought the university of Utah into the top ten gay friendly universities in the country, in the middle of Utah. So we can do this without riots and sit ins (at least sometimes …. ).”

A separate email thread exposes Young’s preparation of a letter intended for the student body. The letter was drafted as early as December 2015 but was not sent to students until September 27, 2016, almost a year later and coinciding with a Black Lives Matter ‘TAMU Blackout‘ protest. “If I issue it in relation to an actual event, it might be understood correctly and I think that important,” said Young. He then instructs Sharp to “hold this close.”

This revelation suggests that the university administration’s “responses” to campus events are carefully crafted well in advance and utilized to advance a political agenda.

“Here is the draft I prepared, but it is still far from perfect and, as I mentioned, it solves one problem, but, I suspect, creates another. But if I issue it in relation to an actual event, it might be understood correctly and I think that important.

So, if it is already, please hold this close hold.”

Chancellor Sharp responded:

“Looks like its got enough good lawyer bullshit in it to make both sides think they won.”

The final version of the letter is posted on the Office of the President website: Freedom of Expression — Fostering A Fearless Front At Texas A&M University.

In the letter, which discusses “diversity of thought” and free expression, Young writes, “Instead, we infuse our marketplace of ideas with a culture of welcoming and respect for all Aggies.” It is unclear to Support Aggies whether all free expression is allowed to be included in the marketplace of ideas or if only what the administration “infuses” is allowed.

“We must welcome debate and embrace challenge,” Young wrote in the draft letter; however, this was not included in the final version.

Two months ago, Texas A&M University introduced a policy that effectively bans campus speakers not approved by the university administration.

Texas A&M spokeswoman Amy Smith told CNN, “…we are trying to protect the integrity of our university, the focus of our students, all while maintaining the tenets of freedom of expression and ensuring that we keep students and others out of way of harm.” According to CNN, “Smith said university officials are concerned about fringe and hate groups descending on campuses for the purpose of disruption.”

Click here to download the original emails and the draft of Young’s letter.

Please note: Similar to Hilary Clinton, John Sharp conducts university business via a private mail server. In many cases, his name and email are redacted out of the records. Texas A&M bills open records requestors hundreds of dollars to censor the chancellor’s name and email address.