Lib­er­al­ism, seg­re­ga­tion, abo­li­tion & ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity

South Florida Times - - OPINION -

I grew up in seg­re­gated Alabama where racist white Democrats had laws that kept the races sep­a­rated, mainly be­cause they thought that we “Ne­groes” were in­fe­rior to them. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and oth­ers put their lives on the line in or­der to in­te­grate the races so we could all learn to get along and blacks could have the same op­por­tu­ni­ties as whites.

Now younger so-called “in­tel­lec­tu­als” want to turn back the hands of time. Take for in­stance, Nashia Whit­ten­burg, Director of Mul­ti­cul­tural Stu­dent Af­fairs at North Carolina State Univer­sity, who wants to cre­ate an ex­clu­sive liv­ing and learn­ing vil­lage for African Amer­i­can women, ac­cord­ing to Lib­erty Head­lines.

There are al­ready 16 liv­ing and learn­ing vil­lages at NC State, in­clud­ing a Black Male Ini­tia­tive and Na­tive Space hous­ing. And ac­cord­ing to James Bau­mann, Director of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mar­ket­ing at the As­so­ci­a­tion of Col­lege and Univer­sity Hous­ing Of­fi­cers, there are seg­re­gated hous­ing pro­grams for African Amer­i­can males at sev­eral other col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties.

Bau­mann is quoted as say­ing these ““eth­nic and racially themed hous­ing act as a sup­port net­work that helps stu­dents build com­mu­nity and as­sist one an­other”. Is that what they’re call­ing it now? Just as in­cred­u­lous is the fact that Har­vard de­cided to have a sep­a­rate grad­u­a­tion for its black stu­dents in 2017 be­cause ac­cord­ing to BET,“the cer­e­mony is in­tended to rec­og­nize the in­dis­putable fact that grad­u­at­ing from Har­vard is sim­ply harder for black stu­dents than white stu­dents be­cause the outer pres­sures of so­ci­ety make the al­ready dif­fi­cult course­work even more dif­fi­cult.”

Se­ri­ously? Har­vard is the most elit­ist school in the coun­try which only ac­cepts a hand­ful of stu­dents in the first place and fewer black stu­dents, thanks to Af­fir­ma­tive Ac­tion. Now they are cre­at­ing a seg­re­gated grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony?

Not only should that be cause for con­cern for the NAACP, but there are other ex­am­ples of crazi­ness based on race that have seen noth­ing but si­lence from them.

Dur­ing Black His­tory Month, Mont­pe­lier High School in Ver­mont is fly­ing a Black Lives Mat­ter flag be­cause a stu­dent group call­ing them­selves The Racial Jus­tice Al­liance com­plained about “white priv­i­lege” and “im­plicit bias,” ac­cord­ing to The Blaze which quoted the Burling­ton Free Press.

Some­body please tell me what would hap­pen if a white stu­dent group had pressed the school board to al­low them to fly a Con­fed­er­ate flag? In fact, black folk not only want all Con­fed­er­ate flags re­moved from all build­ings, but want all the Con­fed­er­ate stat­ues re­moved as well. But now they want to fly Black Lives Mat­ter flags in front of high schools?

It doesn’t stop there; the Racial Jus­tice Al­liance wants “cur­ricu­lum changes, ad­min­is­tra­tive train­ing, fac­ulty in-ser­vice train­ing, a school­wide assem­bly and other moves,” ac­cord­ing to the Free Press.

My God, the in­mates are run­ning the asy­lum. But it gets worse.

The Col­lege Fix video­taped a po­lit­i­cal science pro­fes­sor from North Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­lege telling stu­dents at Di­ablo Val­ley Col­lege dur­ing a “So­cial Jus­tice Lec­ture Se­ries” - that they should vi­o­late U.S. laws and de­stroy white democ­racy. In his lec­ture,“White Supremacy in the U.S.,” Al­bert Ponce told stu­dents they should vi­o­late many of the laws ex­ist­ing to­day.

He spoke of “abo­li­tion of white democ­racy” and said “Abo­li­tion means we must de­stroy it, not re­form it…No vot­ing’s go­ing to help. No writ­ing your con­gressper­son. We need to smash white supremacy at ev­ery in­sti­tu­tional level in this coun­try, be­gin­ning at the lo­cal space, at the state, at the fed­eral sys­tem, and build some­thing new. There will be re­pres­sion….” Ponce stated.

This is a white lib­eral pro­fes­sor ad­vo­cat­ing not only dis­missal of our laws, but de­struc­tion of them and the present sys­tem of democ­racy. Wow!

Equally as hor­ri­fy­ing is that in 2011, Cal­i­for­nia passed leg­is­la­tion that man­dated pub­lic schools teach the “his­tor­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions of ho­mo­sex­ual Amer­i­cans” and pro­hib­ited any in­struc­tion re­flect­ing ad­versely on ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, bi­sex­u­al­ity, or trans­gen­derism.

I just watched the live broad­cast of the of­fi­cial por­trait un­veil­ing of the Obama’s! Pow­er­ful is the one word that comes to mind. Not only were the images pow­er­ful and im­pact­ful, but the en­tire dis­play was full of sym­bol­ism: hav­ing African Amer­i­can artists (the firsts) to paint the legacy of the first African Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent and his black wife; the speeches; the trib­utes to, and from, the artists, the por­traits them­selves.

There is a lot of talk about whether the artists cap­tured the pho­to­graphic ‘like­nesses’ of the sub­jects. To which I say “in­con­se­quen­tial.” These paint­ings are art in its high­est form.

Not lost on me was the dis­play of Michele Obama’s strong and beau­ti­ful arms, splen­didly dis­played for the world to for­ever see. Pow­er­ful! And that brought me to fur­ther think about all the dis­cus­sion swirling around about power, i.e., pow­er­ful men abus­ing their po­si­tions of au­thor­ity, var­i­ous na­tional and in­ter­na­tional move­ments to em­power girls and women, how power is lever­aged (the art of the deal in mak­ing new laws and poli­cies), and, the ap­par­ent diminu­tion of this coun­try’s power around the globe. Power! I also thought about just how much of my own mus­cle I should show and flex.You know, the ones I have built up in the gym, and the ones I have built up in my brain. Once, many years ago, while greet­ing a male friend, he grabbed my up­per arm in a friendly ges­ture and promptly pro­nounced, “Ouch.” I blushed, a lit­tle, but I filed that away.

I re­al­ized that I had built my bi­cep into a loaded ‘gun’ that most women don’t have. I loved to ex­pose my bi­ceps, show­ing off the ben­e­fits of reg­u­lar weight train­ing.

I re­al­ized that, in many ways I was im­i­tat­ing a man’s be­hav­ior pat­tern, and it was not at­trac­tive to some, but I felt pow­er­ful. You see, I am strong; I know it. I even demon­strated my abil­ity to break a few boards af­ter re­ceiv­ing my blue belt in Korean karate. It felt good.

But I could not go around break­ing things, or hit­ting peo­ple to show my strength. It just didn’t fit well with my care­fully cho­sen busi­ness suits, wear­ing makeup, pearls and heels.

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