Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn apologizes for 'dark ones' statement

(WXYZ) - The president of Hillsdale College is apologizing for remarks some state lawmakers found racially offensive.

During a subcommittee hearing in Lansing, Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn spoke out against the state adopting common core standards in reading, writing and math.

"They said we violated the standards for diversity because we didn't have enough dark ones, is I guess what they meant."

Arnn later explained he made the statement because he didn't approve of the government interfering with how his private college is run. Arnn says he wasn't trying to insult the federal and state government officials who tried to document the races of Hillsdale students, which the college does not do.

Later Wednesday, an apology was issued on Arnn's behalf saying, "No offense was intended by the use of that term except to the offending bureaucrats. Dr. Arnn is sorry if such offense was honestly taken."

In the meantime, many in the meeting told him they found his comments offensive. They said as the president of a college, he should know better than to use such bigoted rhetoric.

Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college about 50 miles southwest of Ann Arbor.

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