By Kimberly Bloom Jackson
The University of Connecticut recently announced plans to build a racially segregated dorm for black male students. What’s next, separate water fountains?
As someone who received a doctorate in anthropology from UConn, I certainly don’t relish in drawing attention to how race-conscious my old stomping grounds have become. Nevertheless, I shall call it as I see it.
For starters, the dorm couldn’t have a more obnoxious name. It’s called “ScHOLA2RS House,” which stands for Scholastic House of Leaders Who Are African American Researchers and Scholars. This seems a bit over the top given the name doesn’t quite fit the target residents who university officials think need all the help they can get just to feel successful, let alone like leaders.
“African American males graduate at a lower rate than their peers,” said Dr. Erik Hines, Professor of Educational Psychology and Faculty Director of the initiative. “So the University of Connecticut was forward-thinking in bringing a solution to the issue.” Solution? Perhaps, if your goal is to be a glorified babysitter.
Now if you’re scratching your head over the “foreword-thinking” thing, don’t worry. This is quintessential progressive propaganda. Still, the most important question remains: How will UConn’s segregated housing scheme actually benefit black male students who, after all, have to go out into the real world after graduation and live among a more diverse population?
According to Hines, the dorm will serve as “a space for African American men to come together and validate their experiences that they may have on campus.” Hmm … a “space” to “validate”? Sounds more like a place for self-induced victims to waller in their collective victimhood.
Perhaps Professor Hines and others who think segregated living facilities will help student advancement should take a lesson from cultural diffusion. This simply refers to the natural spreading of cultural traits, mainly through migration, trade, and war. Cultures adopt and tinker with traits that work for them and abandon those traits that don’t. Although naive students regard using something from another culture as an offensive form of “cultural appropriation,” in reality, it’s one of the key mechanisms of cultural change and advancement, and the primary reason isolated cultures tend to lag behind everyone else.
While it’s obvious that neither university officials or students have ever learned about cultural diffusion, they do seem to know plenty about cultural isolation. In case you haven’t noticed, college campuses are hotbeds for sprouting all sorts of new victim identities, whereby students align themselves with a special, separate “culture” of oppression. Participants of victim cultures wear their victimhood as a badge of moral virtue. They see themselves as innocent and everyone else is out to get them. Worse yet, they believe it’s their social responsibility to force others to capitulate to them.
Enter safe spaces. This is where victims go to escape the discomforts of being, well, uncomfortable. However, because their new victimhood has been validated by university officials, these officials have trapped themselves and must now, in an effort to avoid being called insensitive or racist, go out of their way to be politically correct by catering to every whimper of anyone who claims to be afflicted by their victimhood.
Shamefully, some other UConn students are already starting to whine about getting their own special, segregated safe space. As Haddiyyah Ali, an Africana Studies and Political Science major said, “My initial reaction [to the dorm for black men] was what about black women and girls—what about us?”
Now, if you think UConn is the only university engaged in this kind of extreme identity politics, brace yourself. Over the past decade, American colleges have begun to put their cultural Marxism into action by popularizing not only segregated dormitories, but also student clubs, dining halls, and graduation ceremonies. For example, the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) openly refers to one of their themed dorms as “Chocolate City,” while Oberlin College touts a “Third World House” for anyone who feels marginalized. Stanford, Cornell, Vanderbilt, the University of California, the University of Michigan, and scores of other prominent institutions of higher learning are all aggressively promoting racial segregation.
Kind of makes you wonder if any of these schools are still teaching about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his important message regarding the “content of their character” rather than the “color of their skin.” Doesn’t it?
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