For years, he served as the chief of staff to former Governor Terry Branstad before launching a failed bid against Vilsack.
When Doug Gross was awarded a fellowship in 1976 to study at Columbia University’s prestigious School of International Affairs, he thought he had been selected for the award simply because he hailed from the Hawkeye state. Chamberlain, an Iowa native who donated her $500,000 estate to Columbia University shortly before she died in 1920, insisted that her funds be used to endow graduate and traveling fellowships for recipients born in Iowa who were exclusively “of the Caucasian race.” “I had no idea,” says Gross, in an interview with Diverse.
“If I had known, I never would have accepted it.” Gross, a prominent Iowa attorney and former Republican gubernatorial candidate who faced off against then Governor Tom Vilsack in 2002, says that he fully supports Columbia’s decision to petition a Manhattan Supreme Court to do away with the outdated requirement that only Whites should receive the fellowship. “It’s ridiculous to have this kind of provision in place, and it should be eliminated right away.” Although Gross received the fellowship, he did not graduate from Columbia.
He took a leave of absence and eventually dropped out, opting to earn a law degree from Drake University in 1985.
Among non-blacks, whites were the most open to dating blacks, followed by Latinos and Asians.
Asians and Latinos were more likely to exclude blacks because of social disapproval, and whites were more likely to exclude blacks because of physical attraction.
Black women were more highly excluded than black men and more excluded because of their perceived aggressive personalities or behavior and physical attraction.
Black men were more excluded because of social disapproval.
Employing questionnaires of 381 college students, this study examines the reasons why Latinos, Asians, and whites choose to include or exclude blacks as potential dates.
First, we find that past structural explanations for low rates of interracial intimacy explain current disparities less among young people today.