The University of Florida Gators are coming to town this Saturday for a football game against the University of Miami Hurricanes. So now is a good time to reflect on UF's long history of racism. For decades, the Gainesville school's overseers were instrumental in preventing African-Americans from getting a higher education.

Between 1945 and 1958, 85 black students applied for admission to UF, and all were rejected. One of those applicants, Virgil Hawkins, fought his rejection all the way to the Florida Supreme Court, where the chief justice, Stephen C. O'Connell, was a segregationist who would later become UF's president. Not surprisingly, the state's highest court refused to integrate. The school didn't admit its first black undergraduate students until 1962.

Willie Jackson Sr. and Leonard George, the first black student-athletes to play football at UF, were among only 343 black students. When the black student union staged a protest about the disparity, 66 students were arrested and O'Connell insisted on pressing charges. As a result, a third of the black students and several black professors left UF.

In the past decade, UF twice passed over an African-American, Charlie Strong, for the top coaching position. The defensive coordinator served as interim head coach for a bowl game in 2004 but was quickly cast aside for superstar coach Urban Meyer. Strong stayed with the Gators for five more years, molding a stout defense that helped the school win two national championships. He expected a fair opportunity for the head coach's job once Meyer hung up his whistle. But when UF officials begged Meyer to stay on for one more year after the 2009 season, Strong saw the writing on the wall.

So he accepted the head-coaching vacancy at the University of Louisville, where he's built a powerhouse. In a January 2009 interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Strong expressed his belief that race was part of the reason he wasn't offered the gig at Florida. He got the last laugh, though, when his Louisville Cardinals whomped the Gators in the Sugar Bowl this past January 2.

That's why I can't wait for kickoff. The Canes are gonna roast those racist Gators.

Follow Luke on Twitter: @unclelukereal1.

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erikfab30
erikfab30

Does Luther Campell possess an incriminating picture of the editors of this rag that allows him to spout Ad Hominem attacks and race bait?? Is there no better ambassador for the city of Miami that is at least credentialed to speak on the topics he routinely mangles with his myopia? If you were to analyze the practices of any southern university between the late 40s and early 50s, you would most definitely find instances of institutionalized racism. To single UF out is pure idiocy. They shouldn't have to bear the cross of what their predecessors did over a half a century ago. His point about Myer & Strong is so feebly positioned based as it is on conjecture that it only succeeds in further showing what a buffoon Mr. Campbell is and how lazy and irresponsible this periodical is to employ him.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

since there are MANY STATISticians here - i have a question regarding RACE / graduation rates of ALL students that were ADMITTED, what percentage GRADUATED by race

- do the many BLACK athletic admissions graduate at the same rate as non-athletic BLACK students ?

- do the many WHITE athletic admissions graduate at the same rate as non-athletic WHITE students ?

IF say, for exampe,  BYU admitted ONLY a few BLACK students over the years, but they ALL graduated with honors, could one say that institution was "racist" IF in fact once one gets IN they are promoted and assisted and encouraged to SUCCEED ?

or conversely, for example, what IF an instituition recruited mostly BLACK athletic students over the years who played a caliber of sport to the extent the TV money rained in on the school, YET not a SINGLE BLACK student-athele ever graduated ?  take, say for example, YALE student acedemic body combined with a UM or UF football program athlete-student body (YES they might finally beat PRINCETON, okay) - is the higher percentage BLACK admitting institution using or abusing YET not deemed "racist" and is that "racist" lableled BYU type school actually more beneficial IF one were to attend if BLACK ?

Reggie
Reggie

Cant wait until all the racist black "leaders" are gone so the USA can see progress.  Luke, Jackson, Sharpton are all out for $$ and political gain.  Will find any reason to pull out the race card to keep themselves "relevant" and keep the community divided.

Clo56
Clo56

Loser Campbell, if the world had an ass, you sir would be the asshole.

dk085
dk085

This might be the most unintelligent article I've ever read. You should go back to writing about Kim Kardahsian

RTunez1
RTunez1

Once again your true color shows... Luke. The color of ignorance!

ufalum88
ufalum88

Facts:  Florida admitted it's first African-American student before Miami did.  Ray Bellamy, the first African-American player at Miami, was also offered by Florida.  Prior to 1958, a state law in Florida banned black attendance at public universities in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.  That means Florida, FSU, etc.  It was not right, but to say UF did it and did it alone then ignore why is short sighted.  By the way, how many coaches did Miami hire while Charlie strong was available.  UF only hired one (Muschamp) while he was there.

Moreover, this article was plagiarized.  See Jessica Newman's article from 2009.  It is almost word for word what Unle Luke wrote. 

http://www.thefineprintuf.org/2009/02/10/therealblackhistoryofufyearsofintegration/

But then again, what do you expect from the biggest cheater in NCAA history?  How many Canes has he paid to go there?


taqhhjzf
taqhhjzf

Racism in the south?  You don't say!  I don't know about the inner workings of UF administration, but Gainesville has some of the most progressive cultural activities in the country.

limpindrummer
limpindrummer

Hey Luther, do you think UM doesn't have a racist history?  Ha!

eaglephin
eaglephin

I'm sure that in 1945 and 1958 the campus of that private university in lilly white Coral Gables was virtually indistinguishable from Liberty City because of all the blacks enrolled.  Seriously, Luke are you just now becoming aware that your home state is southern state with all the baggage associated with that? Exit question: did you know that Stephen C. O'Connell like all the segregationists of the south was a Democrat? Jackass.

flamengo1265
flamengo1265

This is some lazy-ass shit here.  How long did it take you to write this turdstain?  5 minutes? less?   If I was your boss I'd fire the shit out of you, Luke.....and then you would scream "racism", of course.  

msjazz05
msjazz05

As a resident of Miami and an alumna of UF, the writer has nothing better to do than write crap and pass it off as journalism. Leave the past in the past. Plenty of schools across this country have dealt with some form of racism. So why pick on UF? I guess Uncle Luke is scared of the showdown this coming Saturday, considering we blew UM out the water in 2008 (my senior year). The writer should stick to writing music/rapping. Let the better team win on Saturday. #GoGators

doug-g
doug-g

You say U of F has "token" blacks... U of F has a black population of 10%. In comparison, U of M has a black population of 8%....

doug-g
doug-g

U of F didn't admit blacks until 1962 you say... Did you know U of M didn't until 1961? Did you even check?

danstermeister
danstermeister

Everyone wants to jump on Luther Campbell because he states there's still racism at UF. Ok, here's a little challenge back... if you can say it's over already, when did it end? Good Luck.

danstermeister
danstermeister

White guy here... For everyone crapping all over Luther, I gotta say... he's right. I went to UF from 91 to 95 and the people that teach there are not racist. But the establishment there, which includes alumni and some of the wealthier fraternities were absolutely racist. Racist to the bone.

When I parked RV's for the DUI Alumni that would show up to every home game, they asked me why (in multiple ways) a perfectly good white boy wasn't in the stadium enjoying the game. The athletic center across from the Griffin stadium is STILL called the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, despite his known racist past.

And Kappa Alpha, a fraternity with a house on campus, at least when I was there, took their pictures with Confederate-style uniforms. To them, America's history of slavery was 'unfortunate' at best. If there are minorities there at all, they are token and appreciate the racism, frankly. And ATO, well they're the rich version of KA, at least at UF. I had roommates from both frats, and they were disgusted with their respective frats and left them specifically because of the racism. I had a black roommate who really opened my eyes to exactly how non-whites were still being treated. He didn't tell me anything, I simply hung out with him on campus. It was that bad.

Even the KKK moved their state headquarters to Gainesville when I was there. Why? Because they found it comfy there. I had a roommate that worked at one of the popular dive shops there... the owner would outright belch racist epithets at non-white customers who came in.

I found a healthy, mature, liberal community in Gainesville and it helped me to become who I am today. And there were complete wackadoos from the Left and the Right. That's 'College'. But make no mistake real racism was on full display, and it was disgusting.

ujrfsead7
ujrfsead7

You probably didnt get accepted into UF, thats why you pulled the race card.

yecnot
yecnot

The students themselves are racist. They want a larger African American student body. So what, the university is supposed to just prioritize your race over everyone else? Hypocritical shits. (I'm black myself.)

dennis9714
dennis9714

What a load of garbage. If as this individual says regarding an incident that happened over 50 years ago "several black professors left" then obviously they had a number of black professors so they must not have been racist in their faculty selection. If as this individual says there was a black student union there must have been a significant number of black students enrolled. If as this individual says there were 343 black students the University must not have been very racist if they allowed that small of a group to form their own student union. This individual's kind of race baiting has no place in our society and is at the core of the reason there is still some racial tension alive today. I have a quote form a black friend of mine to the individual who wrote this article; "Don't start something and there won't be something"...peace

sweepintrash
sweepintrash

Luther you are an idiot!  People like you are the reason this society will never overcome the divisions that still exist.  Look at the freaking roster at UF and compare the percentage of African Americans to the whites on that team.  Charlie Strong is a great man and an even better football coach.  It was the schools choice to go out and hire Will Muschamp over Charlie Strong and thats what they did.  Their freaking choice.  A choice that was not influenced by reverse racist like you.  if that choice pissed you off then I support their choice 100%.  People like you should disappear from public columns. Gator Nation will rise up together and support our football team, blacks and whites, in celebration of the ass whipping we are goig to put on the U.  Good Day

WhatwouldJessedo
WhatwouldJessedo

Hey Luther, I was with you on the censorship issue back in the 90's I cannot stand with you on this one!  I can say that you definitely are not afraid of controversy.  If writing these articles doesn't work out for you in the future you could possibly position yourself to take the mantle from Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. They make bushels of money by keeping racism alive and well in America. I'm certain their income is a lot higher  than a writers income. 

Two things you should probably do to ensure you're ready to accept the mantle from Jesse or Al, become an ordained Minister in the State of Florida ( so they can call you Reverend Luther Campbell.... that just sounds better) and learn the definitions of the words racist, prejudiced,  bigoted, and biased.

Best of luck with helping keep the black community down.

Concerned_Citizen
Concerned_Citizen

Luke, as a concerned citizen, member of the public, and someone who has a degree from both UM and UF, I've just got to say:  have you considered rehab?  Powerful psychotropic drugs and counseling can make the demons go away.  You can be normal again.  We're all here to help you.  Seeing things that aren't there is a clear sign of mental disease.  But you have to take that first step towards wellness.  We're all rooting for you.  Get help soon.

just_john
just_john

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!  DO YOU LIE AWAKE AT NIGHT THINKING OF STUPID CRAP TO COMPLAIN ABOUT?!  When you're looking for it, everyone looks like a racist, and maybe they are, but that's their demon to live with.  At least it isn't institutionalized like it used to be.  Racism has existed since the beginning of time, and it will never end on a personal level.

You are the gift that keeps on giving- to the REAL racists out there.  You are like the boy who cried wolf.  UH OH- I said "boy".  Now I'm a racist.

panamaredone
panamaredone

Stupid article. Miami is a very racist city. The latins here are as racist as any redneck from North Florida.

dcciolfi
dcciolfi

 News flash asshole (@unclelukereal1), if you are going to publicly attack one of the Nation’s most renowned educational institutions, at least try to make a valid argument. Unfortunately in the middle of the civil rights era, prejudice and segregation was not uncommon; in fact it was not until 1961 that “UM dropped its policy of racial segregation and began to admit black students” as well.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Miami 

We understand if your feelings are hurt because you may have been rejected, however that decision was clearly based on your IQ, not your race….we have standards after all. Go Gators!  #boycottuncleluke

flamengo1265
flamengo1265

Typical stupid ass Luke article.  Grab some statistics from 60 years ago and then come to the conclusion that the Gators "are racists because they didn't hire a certain coach?  What a fucktard. 

flamengo1265
flamengo1265

Typical stupid ass Luke article.  Grab some statistics from 60 years ago and then come to the conclusion that the Gators "are racists because they didn't hire a certain coach?  What a fucktard. 

jjjate79
jjjate79

Maybe "Uncle Luke" should start worrying about coaching MNW out of the 0-2 hole they started in.

paullucia
paullucia

How is this listed under the "News" section of your website, MNT? You are seriously damaging your credibility (but helping your publicity, congrats).

Don't sweat the comments from a has-been rapper, everyone. Watch the 30 for 30 UM documentary and you'll get the picture of the credibility of Luke "Pay-for-play" Campbell.

jjjate79
jjjate79

You suck at Life "Uncle Luke" and this is beyond a low blow and unprofessional. More than 65% of our Football team is black, and we have one of the most diverse campuses in the country. Get a life, and I hope your beloved Canes get HAMMERED by UF and the NCAA. GO GATORS!!

jessicareinhold1420
jessicareinhold1420

Leave it to some dumbass to keep racism alive. Why bring up shit that we had no control over, and why you ask? Cause we weren't fucking alive yet you idiot. past is past, move on and get a fucking life. It's people like you who keep racism alive, and you wonder why people act the way they do.

gator3853
gator3853

Overseers? I believe you

ment to say administrators.

Overseers was term they used during

colonial days,I think.

dvsjeo1
dvsjeo1

Takes a nigger to write this racist article. Takes nigger to continue with the racism. Niger,nigger, nigah,nigga, my nig-ah. God bless america!

djohn1201
djohn1201

@eltonb01   First of all you are black again we want to see the same ratio of students in your MBA at the U of M I am assuming the is Michigan.  You have an MBA right then you should not it is all about the numbers.  If 50% of the students are qualified to play on Saturday earning your school millions of dollars, then there should be 50% of qualified students in your MBA class I doubt it so do not start lying.  Please post a link for any major top tier, elicit university i.e. Vanderbilt where 50% of any graduate class is black or Hispanic in your case. 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

of course HOW MANY BLACK institutions of higher learning exist for the benefit of WHITEs in excess of blacks ? does anyone really think a tuskegee (unless one was a carnegie) OR moorehouse OR splelman OR howard actually advance a WHITE student admissions as readily and accepting as most white leadership at higher learning institutions pursue BLACKs ?

there was even ONE RECENT very LARGE donation by a BLACK to a WHITE california university whereas some BLACK higher education leadership was CRITICAL of that donation, and indicated the MONEY from the BLACK donor should have gone to a BLACK school - last i checked money is GREEN and not black or white

rayjmoorer
rayjmoorer

@Reggie You are a LOSER and I hope you are gone before the end of the year. Why do White people, the Pro Creators of Racism ;always accuse the victims of Hate, Prejudice and Social Injustice of "Pulling the Race Card" ?. Just a thought .... 


ufalum88
ufalum88

Also, Stephen C. O’Connell was not Chief Justice until 1967. He did not have a vote on the Board of Control and Virgil Hawkins case. The Chief Justice at the time was Glen Terrell.

jmwilly2001
jmwilly2001

@taqhhjzf 

I have no idea about the administration inner workings, but as a grad student I found the campus to be generally negative towards black students (non-athletes).


limpindrummer
limpindrummer

@eaglephin Hey eaglephin, there's a reason all of the Southern bigots have switched to the republican party.  have you ever heard of Lee Atwater's "Southern Strategy," JACKASS!  Bigotry is the glue that holds the republican party together.

danstermeister
danstermeister

@ujrfsead7 You probably had nothing really happening inside your brain, so you decided to say that.

jmwilly2001
jmwilly2001

@yecnot I could care less whether UF has any black students...however, black athletes should boycott the university since most of its students are racists. #MakeRacismHurt

danstermeister
danstermeister

@dennis9714 How many times are you going to use the term 'if' before you realize that you have no idea of what you are talking about? You string together half-a-dozen "if's" and then conclude resolutely that this was race baiting. And you're wrong. Very wrong.

1853tradition
1853tradition

@dvsjeo1 I dare you to say it to one of the boys on the field perhaps Jay-nard Bostwick, Caleb Brantley, Jonathan Bullard(; 

BTW NIger is a country ;D

eltonb01
eltonb01

@djohn1201 @eltonb01 Please don't take offense to this, but I really cannot understand your writing. I don't know what your asking. 

Response: 

What you feel I am is not a concern for me. I am what, I say I am (Hispanic/African-American). I got into the MBA class due to my GPA, which I earned. There are numerous examples of African Americans that are successful people. Doctors, lawyers, executives, investment bankers, etc...

The majority of college football players are African American. They can choose to go to graduate school if they want too. 

In order to give you TRUE numbers: I would need to have the number of Hispanics and/or African Americans that have applied. Then I would need to see their GPA in undergraduate school and any other criteria used for graduate level acceptance to match them up to white applicants. I don't have that information.  

I do know this, that I have an MBA from the University of Miami, proud that I busted my a... for getting it. I studied Mandarin, which considered to be the hardest language to learn. Nothing in this world can stop but yourself.

Example to think on: 

Shaquile O'Neal, after leaving LSU early to play in the NBA, went back to finish his undergraduate degree. He then after making millions of dollars went to Barry University to get his PHD. Quit resisting the truth, you make your own destiny no matter what the obstacles are.

djohn1201
djohn1201

@danstermeister @djohn1201 @eltonb01 I know the world according to a fool.  Again who are you?  Why do you matter?  Unintelligible does not even arise to a conclusionary  statement you fool.  Go talk with your friends who are probably very  "impressed." 

djohn1201
djohn1201

@eltonb01 @djohn1201 Yo vivo en Nuevo York.  Soy una negra bella. Mandarin are you serious you seem confused with the MBA I would be headed to Latin America?  And please do not say you are black just use the Hispanic designation.  Thanks, 

djohn1201
djohn1201

@danstermeister @djohn1201 @eltonb01 Thank you I can respect that I apologize for offending you.  Yes I am "unintelligible" and also crazy.  So I am going to hire some MBAs who speak Mandarin we are going to do a study of  the number black Doctors, MDs, Phds, etc. produced by both the Miama, and UF since the 1960s and that will be the maximum number of blacks your schools are allowed to recruit and play on any given Saturday so no exception.  This ban with stay in effective for 50 years until the year 2063 because since 1964 Act almost 50 years ago these schools most now demonstrate progress and/or discontinue the using of black kids.  I am both "unintelligible" and most people simply call me crazy they think the current system is great wherein blacks play football, basketball, etc. at major institutions and rarely graduate.  Good luck to you, and Best Regards, 

danstermeister
danstermeister

@djohn1201 @danstermeister @eltonb01 Hey, djohn, read what else I posted here. I agree, the racism exists. We are actually on the same side.

Except for the fact that you are a jerk. A mostly unintelligible jerk at that.

djohn1201
djohn1201

@danstermeister @eltonb01Oh I am apologize to you a fool so that you know that I know your O'Really Facto act of pretending to be important and condescending thereafter eliminating the need to answer a question yea right.  So to repeat in small terms for you if 50% of the so-called students are qualified to play football on Saturday earning millions of dollars for UF, UM, Notre Dame, etc. then you post a link wherein 50% of any graduate school i.e., law, medical, MBA is 50% black.  Guess you still probably will not answer the question have someone explain it to you dummy.  Like I said all these schools are racist and this is nothing more than institutionalized slavery.  You look that up and use it in a letter to your university.

djohn1201
djohn1201

@eltonb01 @djohn1201 Thank you and Best wishes on the continued enormity of your success.  Like I had said for the reasons on this post all these schools are racist.  It is a "black" thing you should understand that do not take it personal. 

eltonb01
eltonb01

@djohn1201 @eltonb01 You live in New York, thats great. Stop with personal attacks, really. You seemed to be one of the only persons that really added to the conversation. Mandarin is spoken by 1.6 billion people, so for me its worth knowing. I have MBA with a specialization in International Business. I also speak Spanish. Yes, I am Hispanic/African American. I take pride in both of my cultures/race. Please stop with the personal attacks. 

The article itself is just wrong, UF is not a racist school. 


 
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