And the highest paid public employee in your state is…
are you fucking kidding me
Do you ever just see America’s priorities and cry?
Yeah, when I was at the University of Iowa, they were paying their football coach $2.35 million a year. (That’s not including other income from endorsement deals, either, which I think bring him up towards the $4 million range, if I recall correctly.) But us graduate students had to pay for office supplies and copier paper, because the school budget was maxed out putting a new roof on the football stadium. So they shut down some departments, downsized a bunch of others (including my own), got rid of some tenured professorial chairs and … upped Coach Ferentz’s salary to $2.7 million a year.
And for the record? The UI’s football team that year was only one of seven football programs in the NCAA that was financially solvent. Why, you ask? Because the college and to a large extent, the state of Iowa, subsidized them. Iowan tax dollars paid for the football team — but not for the paper, paper clips, pens, and blue books that undergraduates needed for us TAs to actually teach them.
I’m sure Coach Ferentz is a nice guy and works hard. I know football is huge out in Hawkeye territory. I come from football territory myself, and I still watch the games when I’m home with my dad. The UI was the only school I ever went to that had a recognizable football program of any kind, and Dad likes football. I like football. But I don’t understand why the University of Iowa pumped millions of dollars into the football program, turned an ostensible $27 million profit, and instead of investing that back into the school, they slashed programs and raised the football coach’s salary.
It’s almost like it’s a vaguely inconvenient university attached to an occasionally-successful college football team. Like students are there to pump money into athletics with their tuition instead of, I don’t know, learn something.
I know, I know, rah rah rah, go Hawkeyes, stop complaining, football is so important, more important than graduate programs in education, linguistics, Asian studies, American studies, German, comparative literature, and other critical offerings in the humanities. It’s not like it’s the only university in the state system that offers those things … oh wait, yes it is. To say nothing of faculty who left or were forced out of departments to make ends meet and avoid ending up before the budget committee. FOOTBALL.
I’ve seen Hornblower, Doctor Who, and [edit: I forgot, also some of Luther]… What do I watch next? And where can I find it?
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Okay well your professor lied to you.
Actually there were so many Black British at that time that Elizabeth I tried to blame the realms ills on them and have them all deported. Twice. She failed, probably because you can’t deport your own citizens very well under most circumstances. It’s actually a pretty pivotal point in English history.
An open le[tt]re to the L[ord] Maiour of London and th’alermen his brethren, And to all other Maiours, Sheryfes, &c. Her Ma[jes]tieunderstanding that there are of late divers Blackmoores brought into the Realme, of which kinde of people there are all ready here to manie,consideringe howe God hath blessed this land w[i]th great increase of people of our owne Nation as anie Countrie in the world, wherof manie for want of Service and meanes to sett them on worck fall to Idlenesse and to great extremytie; Her Ma[jesty’]s pleasure therefore ys, that those kinde of people should be sent forthe of the lande. And for that purpose there ys direction given to this bearer Edwarde Banes to take of those Blackmoores that in this last voyage under Sir Thomas Baskervile, were brought into this Realme to the nomber of Tenn, to be Transported by him out of the Realme. Wherein wee Req[uire] you to be aydinge & Assysting unto him as he shall have occacion, and thereof not to faile.
Elizabeth I tried to use Black British as scapegoats for some of the problems in English society during the Elizabethan Era, problems that led to the passing of the famous Poor Laws in 1597 and 1601.
But while Elizabeth may have enjoyed being entertained by Black people, in the 1590s she also issued proclamations against them. In 1596 she wrote to the lord mayors of major cities noting that there were ‘of late divers blackmoores brought into this realm, of which kind of people there are already here to manie…’. She ordered that ‘those kinde of people should be sente forth of the land’.
Elizabeth made an arrangement for a merchant, Casper van Senden, to deport Black people from England in 1596. The aim seems to have been to exchange them for (or perhaps to sell them to obtain funds to buy) English prisoners held by England’s Catholic enemies Spain and Portugal.
No doubt van Senden intended to sell these people. But this was not to be, because masters* of Black workers - who had not been offered compensation - refused to let them go. In 1601, Elizabeth issued a further proclamation expressing her ‘discontentment by the numbers of blackamores which are crept into this realm…’ and again licensing van Senden to deport Black people. It is doubtful whether this second proclamation was any more successful than the first.Why this sudden, urgent desire to expel members of England’s Black population? It was more than a commercial transaction pursued by the queen. In the 16th century, the ruling classes became increasingly concerned about poverty and vagrancy, as the feudal system- which, in theory, had kept everyone in their place - finally broke down. They feared disorder and social breakdown and, blaming the poor, brought in poor laws to try to deal with the problem
As you can see, Black people were a pretty important and pivotal part of English society at the time. Basically, the Queen tried to convince the people that they had to “give up” their cobbler’s apprentices and weavers and other various other workingpeople (the Black musicians in the court were of course exempt from the deportations) to the crown, on the basis that they were “vagrants” and “mostly infidels”. This was not only a wild exaggeration (most were Christian with working class jobs like ya do), but it’s not a very compelling reason to frigging report your next-door neighbor Bill the Mason to immigration. Because then who’s going to do your masonry?
So anyways, the Poor Laws had to be passed, because you can’t deport your citizens/workforce and no one would cooperate with something like that.
And it’s not like those people went anywhere. They’re still there. They were there before that! Some had been there since like, the 4th frigging century when that was part of the Roman Empire!
Also check the tag for England here. Plenty more on lots of different people of color in England throughout many eras.
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