Bethune-Cookman students join anti-Trump movement
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.