American university campuses are in turmoil over what demonstrator’s claim is racial insensitivity. But unlike the 1960’s when overt racism was very real, these protesters are upset over what they claim are casual, minor instances of perceived racism, or in the argot of the Progressives, ‘micro-aggression’ (my post on that is here). Associated Press reporter Collin Binkley, who seems to be drawn to these types of stories, wrote an article on 12 November 2015 detailing some of these alleged transgressions. From the article:
“Sheryce Holloway is tired of white people at Virginia Commonwealth University asking if they can touch her hair or if she knows the latest dance move.
“When Opokua-Achampong tells other students that she’s from New Jersey, some ask where she’s REALLY from. “When you’re not white, you can’t just be American,” she said. (She was born in the U.S. to parents from Ghana.)”
“Janay Williams, a senior at the University of California Los Angeles, said she is the only black person in her biology class and is routinely among the last picked for group assignments. “Students don’t want to be in the same group as you with a group project, because they’re afraid you’re not going to do your share,” she said.”
There’s an aphorism that states that when the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. There are reasonable alternative explanations for these actions independent of race. If Ms. Holloway is a typical college student, she’s in the demographic that is more likely to go clubbing. It’s reasonable for people to assume she may know the latest dance moves. Ms. Opoku-Achamong may wear clothing representative of her parent’s birth nation, or she may provide other clues that her ancestors aren’t native Americans. The most likely response by a person of pallor when she says her home state is New Jersey is ‘What town?’ (or maybe ‘What exit?’). Being an ethnic minority in a college class isn’t the result of a conspiracy on the part of the institution, and it may be that Ms. Williams has a reputation for not doing her fair share on group projects. Such people do exist.
But the only tools these folks have been given for dealing with the world at large is racism and victimization, tools provided by Progressives. Black Progressives out of a desire for power, and White Progressives out of a misplaced sense of guilt. Progressivism as a political philosophy seeks control over others, and the easiest way to control people is to reinforce the natural human tendency to see anyone not like themselves as ‘other’, and therefore to be feared and mistrusted.
Ever since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s, African-Americans have slowly and inexorably been pulled onto the Progressive reservation. They’re kept there by a very few people who see them not as folks needing a hand up to achieve success, but as people who need to be kept down in order to be used as a power base. And to perpetuate their power, the current leadership has to groom the next generation of leaders. Where better than the college ranks? Despite the fact that US college students are among the most privileged people on Earth, young African-Americans have to be constantly told they’re victims. For any given circumstance, they’re trained to choose the most toxic interpretation. Thus a new generation of wrongly disaffected young people become leaders in the race industry. It’s a criminal waste of human potential.
These students are being used, and used badly. The sad part is, they don’t realize it.