Bethune-Cook­man stu­dents join anti-Trump move­ment

South Florida Times - - OPINION - BAR­BARA HOWARD Fox News The Huff­in­g­ton Post Al.Cal­loway715@gmail.com

What should have been a cel­e­bra­tory event, the 2017 com­mence­ment cer­e­mony at Bethune-Cook­man Univer­sity was turned into a po­lit­i­cal state­ment against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his Sec­re­tary of Ed­u­ca­tion Betsy DeVos.

Some mem­bers of the grad­u­a­tion class booed Sec­re­tary DeVos as she be­gan her com­mence­ment speech and many stood up and lit­er­ally turned their backs on her. I heard one per­son com­pare this to Colin Kaeper­nick re­fus­ing to salute the flag. Others com­pared it to stu­dents at Berke­ley Col­lege and other lib­eral univer­si­ties protest­ing speeches by con­ser­va­tives.

and re­ported that over 50,000 sig­na­tures were gath­ered protest­ing DeVos’ very ap­pear­ance at the His­tor­i­cally Black Col­lege.

It sad­dens me that this lib­eral push back against con­ser­vatism has in­fected black col­lege cam­puses. Ac­tivists who protest and com­mit vi­o­lence in the name of free speech fail to ex­tend the same cour­tesy of free speech to those who don’t share their so­called val­ues.

It used to be that black col­lege cam­puses were the paragon of virtue when it came to re­spect­ing others’ val­ues. They were taught that man­ners mat­tered. Be­fore now it would have never been thought of to dis­re­spect a speaker at your com­mence­ment cer­e­mony.

Boo­ing would never have been al­lowed. The pres­i­dent of the univer­sity would never have had to threaten those boo­ing with not re­ceiv­ing their diplo­mas that night – a night when fam­i­lies and friends come to see their loved ones com­plete years of prepa­ra­tion for the real world of work.

But since Don­ald Trump has be­come POTUS, lib­er­als all across the coun­try, es­pe­cially on col­lege cam­puses, have acted as if they have lost their minds. They have marched by the thou­sands and even per­pe­trated vi­o­lence against any­one who they think is a Repub­li­can or Trump sup­porter.

They’ve bro­ken win­dows, looted, turned over cars and set them on fire in a rage un­fit for civil so­ci­ety. Yet they have not been con­demned for such be­hav­ior. But they con­demn ev­ery­one else.

For years now, good be­hav­ior has been eroded in the black com­mu­nity. Ask any­one of those stu­dents who booed Sec­re­tary DeVos what kind of mu­sic is pumped into their heads on a daily ba­sis and I bet they will re­cite one of the nu­mer­ous vile and vi­o­lent lyrics mem­o­rized from a gangsta rap song where women are de­mo­nized, vi­o­lence is li­on­ized and God is no­tice­ably nonex­is­tent.

I salute those stu­dents who re­mained in their seats while the others stood and turned their backs. And I salute the pres­i­dent of Bethune-Cook­man, Dr. Edi­son Jack­son, for his stance in de­mand­ing the stu­dents be­have prop­erly.

How­ever, the NAACP Florida Con­fer­ence is de­mand­ing that Dr. Jack­son and his Board Chair­man Dr. Joe Petrock re­sign im­me­di­ately for not only invit­ing Sec­re­tary DeVos, but be­cause when Pres­i­dent Jack­son chas­tised the stu­dents, he be­came guilty, in their minds of “fac­ulty in­tim­i­da­tion de­mand­ing their si­lence or risk ter­mi­na­tion” for “free­dom of ex­pres­sion”.

Are they se­ri­ous? The NAACP wants to con­trol the right of the univer­sity pres­i­dent for de­mand­ing good and de­cent be­hav­ior from his stu­dents? And they have got­ten sup­port from nu­mer­ous at­tor­neys in­clud­ing the T. J. Red­dick Bar As­so­ci­a­tion to rep­re­sent the fac­ulty and stu­dents who “peace­ably protested and were sub­ject to re­tal­i­a­tion by the univer­sity."

Not only are the ac­tions of the stu­dents de­plorable, but the ac­tions of the NAACP is beyond rep­re­hen­si­ble. You see, free­dom of speech has be­come a right that only the lib­eral left is en­ti­tled to, es­pe­cially in this age of Trump as POTUS. Mary Mc­Cloud Bethune must be turn­ing over in her grave. White na­tion­al­ists (so-called“racists”) be­lieve that democ­racy and a class so­ci­ety are com­ple­men­tary not con­tra­dic­tory be­cause they see them­selves as those for whom democ­racy was cre­ated. If you are not white then you are not to re­ceive the same op­por­tu­ni­ties and pro­tec­tions. Fur­ther­more, only by pro­fess­ing the Chris­tian re­li­gion will you be ac­cepted in any of the other (lower) classes if you are non-white.

For them the bru­tal beat­ing of Rod­ney King by a gang of uni­formed white cops was jus­ti­fied be­cause he was an“in­truder”of the demo­cratic white cul­ture, a sub-cul­tural nui­sance (three fifths hu­man ac­cord­ing to the U.S.Con­sti­tu­tion) for whom so­ci­ety no longer had any use.Var­i­ous modes of avoid­ance, dis­crim­i­na­tion and ex­ter­mi­na­tion of blacks and poor peo­ple have al­ways been an Amer­i­can so­cial norm. WhereverWestern Civ­i­liza­tion pros­pers,peo­ple of color – es­pe­cially black peo­ple -- re­gard­less of in­come, ed­u­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion, and poor peo­ple in gen­eral, are down­trod­den and pow­er­less. (Un­for­tu­nately, this seems to be a trait among most mod­ern day cul­tures.) How­ever, it is the Amer­i­can du­al­ity called democ­racy ex­ported around the world through hege­mony whose cracks and strains fore­warn fas­cism that fright­ens pop­u­la­tions every­where.

For black Amer­ica, the Rod­ney King de­ba­cle re­minded of plan­ta­tion life and share­crop­ping, of sher­iff poses, of be­ing falsely ac­cused and im­pris­oned, and of vig­i­lante ter­ror in­clud­ing pub­lic lynch­ing. But what galled Amer­ica’s puny black ac­tivist core back then was the em­pa­thetic yet do-noth­ing re­sponse of so-called white lib­er­als.White Amer­ica over­whelm­ingly sup­ports po­lice bru­tal­ity of black peo­ple, and lib­er­als ba­si­cally ac­qui­esce.

Black civil rights lead­ers and pover­ti­cians went into hus­tle mode over Rod­ney king, ex­hort­ing funding from lo­cal, state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments, foun­da­tions and rich white folks of “con­science” to stem poverty and crime. Mean­while,white lib­er­als or­ga­nized clergy,in­tel­lec­tu­als and so­cial en­gi­neers to pro­mote ci­vil­ity in­clud­ing sup­port of the ju­di­cial sys­tem to mete out demo­cratic so­ci­ety jus­tice. Did the ma­jor­ity of black Amer­ica be­lieve that the Rod­ney King cops would go to jail? They wanted to be­lieve.

The Rod­ney King in­jus­tice took place twen­tysix years ago,March 3,1991.Ge­orge H.W.Bush was Pres­i­dent and democrats con­trolled both houses of the U. S. Congress. Later that year Thur­good Mar­shall, the lone black Supreme Court Jus­tice re­tired and Bush nom­i­nated Clarence Thomas, a con­tro­ver­sial black con­ser­va­tive. Thomas was con­firmed af­ter a con­tentious Se­nate Con­fir­ma­tion Hear­ing by a vote of 52 for and 48 against. (Of the eleven democrats that voted for Thomas, only two were from the north.)

I cite the Rod­ney King in­jus­tice as the sem­i­nal event that white Amer­ica hailed as open po­lice state ac­tion against black peo­ple and the poor.

Buried un­der the rub­ble cre­ated by this great Amer­i­can lie called “democ­racy” are le­gions of poor and near poor white com­mu­ni­ties,now be­ing hit by a tidal wave of heroin and other opi­ate addictions,cou­pled with un­em­ploy­ment and un­der­em­ploy­ment, poor ed­u­ca­tion, hous­ing and health care. Will these peo­ple ever awake from the stu­por of di­vi­sive­ness fed to them through a psy­cho­log­i­cal va­por called racism?

Both blacks and poor peo­ple have lit­tle chance in this cap­i­tal­ist so­ci­ety whose po­lit­i­cal elite likes to ex­tol its virtue as a “democ­racy.” Blacks and poor peo­ple form a col­lec­tive; they all mis­un­der­stand the politics and eco­nomics not only of Amer­ica,but ofWestern Civ­i­liza­tion, as well! As a re­sult, these pop­u­la­tions do not, and,in most in­stances can­not,en­gage in cap­i­tal for­ma­tion of any and all kinds.

But these pop­u­la­tions ac­tu­ally love to be ruled by the elite, the great ex­ploiters. Most black vot­ers sup­ported rich and pow­er­ful Hil­lary Clin­ton and black politi­cians love be­ing led by Demo­cratic House leader Nancy Pelosi, one of the rich­est per­sons in the U. S. Congress. Mostly white poor and near poor vot­ers helped to put rich Don­ald Trump in the White House. So there you have it: those most in need ac­cede to wealth and power, hop­ing some­thing trick­les down from the over­filled cof­fers of the elite.

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