You can’t make this stuff up:
An event meant to celebrate diversity and combat racism at a Washington state community college has been cancelled after a flier emailed to guests said white people weren’t invited.
School officials were asked to reply to the invitation to find out the confidential date and time of when the event would be held. According to the station, the invite made it clear white people were not invited.
“If you want to create space for white folks to meet and work on racism, white supremacy, and white privilege to better our campus community and yourselves, please feel free to do just that,” the email read. Diversity and Equity Center staffer Karama Blackhorn helped write the invitation and said she stands by her opinion that staff members of color would have a more honest discussion about race without white people there.
You mean an ‘honest discussion’ about the assumption that all white people are ‘raciss?’ (Naturally, that attitude isn’t racist by Orwellian definition.) Just as the NAACP is sometimes referred to as “the Klan with a tan,” all too often the ‘diversity’ agenda means celebrating everyone’s viewpoint — except the so-called WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) perspective. It’s one thing to level a playing field and try to adjust for historical wrongs. It’s another to swing the pendulum so that the shoe of discrimination then goes on the other foot. All too often, the latter is what’s happening in the name of ‘diversity’ and ‘civil rights.’ And far too many people that apply for positions like “Diversity and Equity Center staffer” have at least a subconscious attitude that “payback’s a —–.”
One can detect more than a whiff of that same attitude in the current administration. Far from being the ‘post-racial President,’ the current incumbent’s reliance on race to deflect criticism has likely done more than anything else to undo the progress in ethnic relations of the past half century. Sooner or later, perfectly reasonable people who were willing to offer a hand up will get tired of being cast as the villain in some mythological morality play when they have personally done no wrong in the name of race. This is especially true when the ones most likely to hurl the charges show questionable allegiance to practicing what they preach.
The threat of being called a ‘racist’ (or ‘sexist,’ or ‘homophobe’) frequently causes people to tactitly accept or support ideas and actions they personally disagree with. At some point, however, when one realizes that no concession will ever be enough to avoid the namecalling — that they are expected to sit on “stools of everlasting repentence” — the willingness to keep dealing with ‘the other’ evaporates due to the lack of good faith.
…and thus is the momentum of the pendulum maintained by fallen human nature.
What started as an attempt to bring people together is, today, institutionally keeping them apart and pitting them against each other. ‘Divide and conquer’ always makes sense for those who intend to rule, rather than govern.