Back to black

I was young when I learnt about South African and American racial discrimination and I was horrified. There was a lot of anti-apartheid feeling in the early 1970s when I was growing up, and I agreed with it. I could not for the life of me imagine why we should have any forms of segregation. The protest singers in those days, mostly American, did a lot to change the world. And so it should have been changed. Black people should be treated equally. I believed it then and I believe it now.

But it seems that some black people either don’t believe it, or they don’t want it. This from  Huffington Post Quote:

The announcement that California State University, Los Angeles agreed to the demands of black student groups at the school to establish separate dorm housing for blacks ignited the predictable furor.

The critics say it’s wrong, dangerous and sends the horrible message that segregation is OK and, even more appalling, paid for at a California public university on the taxpayer dime. After all, this is 2016, liberal California and not 1956 segregated Jackson, Mississippi. The backers of separate housing say it’s much ado about nothing since other campuses have “themed housing.” That’s the chic euphemism for separate housing and space for black, Hispanic, and other minority students. And besides, so the argument goes, separate housing can be a good, even a necessary thing, to give black students a safe culturally comfortable environment and reinforcing environment to live and learn in. End quote.

People marched against this. White people marched against this. Young white people in particular thought that any form of segregation was insulting, degrading and unfit for the modern world of the 1960s. Fifty plus years on, it is unthinkable. It is worse than unthinkable. It is apartheid.

It is apartheid. In 2018. But this time, it is blacks that are demanding it. Demanding segregation. Really.

Why do blacks want to go backwards? Quote:

This is a question that presents an especially thorny challenge given the figures that show that black students are still grossly under-represented at many colleges and universities. And this is compounded by the alarming figures on the higher drop-out rates at some colleges for black students. Clearly, the challenge is not simply getting more black students on college campuses but keeping them there to get their degrees.

Despite that challenge, ethnic studies programs, increased aid, grant and scholarship programs for minority students, affirmative action initiatives, and a marked increase in black faculty and administrators has become a permanent fixture on college campuses. This was a direct by-product of our, and other student protests, for black student empowerment at Cal State L.A. and many other universities in the 1960s. End quote.

There may be many reasons why black students are not succeeding but I don’t believe that sharing dorms with white people has anything to do with it. Family problems, lack of money, lack of studying techniques…there can be lots of reasons. But knowing how universities, particularly American universities these days are so full of liberals with their anti-white messages, this whole thing makes no sense. You might think black students are privileged. Well, apparently, they are not privileged enough. Quote:

The debate over separate black housing at Cal State L.A. is in reality a continuation of that same debate over what and how college resources and programs can best be used to serve the needs of black, minority, and ultimately all students. Separate housing may not be the panacea to enhance learning for black students. In fact, that they have to even ask for it is our tragedy. But there is no evidence that it is detrimental to learning, or harmful to any other group. It’s a huge stretch to claim that it is just another step back to the evil of the segregation past. This kind of racial scare mongering promotes the very divisions that we all should want and strive to end. End quote.

Discrimination is a subjective thing. Much of the time, it is inside your own head. That was not the case when there were ‘white only’ buses and shops of course, but that was a long time ago. No one is allowed to do that now. So, not only is this latest move on college campuses discriminatory, it is backward looking. How can you ever reach true equality if one group, that used to be segregated, decides it wants to go back there?

I was tempted to think that this was black elitism, but I am not convinced by that. The argument is that blacks are still underrepresented in colleges. Well, going back to segregation is not going to fix that. If they really do want equality, they have to front up to the real world. Instead of that, they want to go backwards, to a world where they were treated as inferior. Well, you know what they say. You can lead a horse to water…


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