That is to say, not all universities hand out degrees to suck up to the rich or powerful. Lord Roy Jenkins,
The University of Arkansas, however, seems to reward wealthy white people who inherit or make lots of money in the business sector, especially those who give some of it to the University for buildings or administrative projects. In that tradition, last week they gave an honorary doctorate to Lee Scott, president and CEO of Wal-Mart.
Under Scott's leadership, Wal-Mart has delivered record growth at the company's discount stores, and the NLRB has issued over 40 complaints against Wal-Mart in the last three years, charging it with violations of labor law. Scott has been widely recognized for his leadership in making Wal-Mart a chronic low-wage employer, one that pays so low that 3,971 Arkansas Wal-Mart workers are forced to accept public assistance for food, housing, or health care, meaning in effect the Arkansas taxpayer is subsidizing the company's payroll by $16.2 million a year.
In 2005, the U.S. Labor Department required Wal-Mart to pay $135,540 for 24 child-labor violations involving teenage workers who used hazardous equipment at stores in
That record got Lee Scott a $22 million bonus this year. Those are the business practices and values that the