Jesse Jackson wants boycott of law professor
September 16, 1997
Web posted at: 9:08 p.m. EDT (0108 GMT)
AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Tuesday called on University of Texas students to boycott classes of a professor who disparaged African- and Mexican-Americans.
Jackson told an assembly of about 5,000 students that UT Law Professor Lino Graglia should be treated as a social pariah.
UT officials had been quick to distance themselves from Graglia's remarks that "Blacks and Mexican-Americans are not academically competitive with whites in selective institutions," because of a culture that does not encourage achievement.
Graglia told CNN Monday he has no intention of resigning. He said he wrote a five-page statement outlining his position, but was told by university officials to revise and shorten it.
Graglia told one of his constitutional law classes he is not a racist, but should have been more "circumspect" in his comments. He did not apologize for his comments despite several pointed questions about his statements from minority students in the class.