A couple centuries from now, historians may well summarize the Civil Rights Era as a justifiable struggle for equal access to mainstream society… that eventually led to some of their grandchildren willingly withdrawing back into their own isolated communities.
I just can’t see this being the future Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was “dreaming” of:
Harvard University will host a graduation ceremony exclusively for black students, organisers have announced. More than 170 students and 530 guests have signed up to attend the event, which will be held 23 May.
The event was crowdfunded by students who raised over $27,000 (£21,000). This year, the all-black ceremony is open only to graduate students, but organisers hope to open it up to undergraduates next year.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate Harvard’s black excellence and black brilliance,” Michael Huggins told The Root website.
Mr Huggins, who is graduating with a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, added: “It’s an event where we can see each other and our parents and family can see us as a collective, whole group. A community.” ((A ‘separate but equal’ community? — Jemison))
Another organiser of the event said the ceremony would also draw attention to the experience of black students at Harvard and other elite institutions.
“Harvard’s institutional foundation is in direct conflict with the needs of black students,” Courtney Woods said.
“There is a legacy of slavery, epistemic racism and colonisation at Harvard, which was an institution founded to train rising imperialist leaders. This is a history that we are reclaiming.”
If Harvard is so in conflict with the needs of black students, why didn’t they attend some other prestigious school? You can’t tell me in this day and age that every single elite school is somehow biased against minority students. I strongly suspect in many cases this is simply code for “they expect too much of us.” And yet, given what I know of the “education” that occurs in such places, I seriously doubt that’s the case, either.
If the quoted Courtney Woods is a graduate of Harvard, it confirms yet again there is woefully inadequate humanities instruction there. Harvard was founded to “train rising imperialist leaders?” Overdose on Marxism much?
If I were one of those who’d faced the water cannons or Bull Conner’s dogs, I’d be tearing into these kids. Their grandparents literally fought for them to have a place at the table, and now they’re pulling away from it again. Worst of all, they’ll take it as confirmation of their own warped perspective when others take offense at their slapping away of the outstretched hand of fellowship.
I’ve said it before, and will keep saying it: you cannot simultaneously obsess about race, and create a color-blind society. Pick one or the other.