Race relations is a topic worthy of discussion. The opinion expressed by Aelwynn in yesterday's thread regarding equality is a commonly held opinion with some very legitimate points to be made. It is especially held by young white folk who are multiple generations removed from the civil rights movement. See, people my age didn't live through segregation. We didn't live through blatant discrimination. We didn't even spend a significant amount of time learning about it in school.
What we do experience at times is punishment, justified by the sins of generations past. At face value, it's inequality. "They" can get things or do things or behave in a way "we" can't. It's backlash and, as a person who has never disparaged a black person in my life, has never SEEN a black person disparaged due to race, it's hard to simply deal with it. Sure, I know the history, and I do my damnedest to truly understand. But that understanding is awfully hard to maintain when something like the following occurs.
Perhaps some of you may remember the University of Delaware debacle that came to light this time last year. In a nutshell, all university students living in student housing had to attend "life education" training. This training was created to "correct" (you read that right) students' views on everything from race to environmentalism and was developed by the university's very own faculty. After not too long, some students realized that this was plain old indoctrination and appealed to FIRE, or the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. What could possibly be so bad? Let's check out their vocabulary:
More exerpts here“Racist: [a] racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality.” - Page 3
“REVERSE RACISM: A term created and used by white people to deny their white privilege. Those in denial use the term reverse racism to refer to hostile behavior by people of color toward whites, and to affirmative action policies, which allegedly give 'preferential treatment' to people of color over whites. In the U.S., there is no such thing as 'reverse racism.'" - Page 3
Programs similar to this have been used across the nation, to varying degrees. In one west coast university during orientation, all the students were told to stand. If the students answered "yes" to a question, they were told to step back. These questions were designed to draw white students toward the front, questions like, "Have your parents ever been denied a loan?" or "Do you commonly encounter people having difficulty pronouncing your name?" Once the minority students were strained out, the instructor tells the group that this is an illustration of white privilege. White students are then put at some disadvantage for a following exercise to "even things out".
I've always said that attempting to level out the playing field is not the road to equality. Those promoting "diversity" often to do so by defining and then magnifying the differences between us, as illustrated by the examples above. Where do we draw the line? And should we be trying to create TRUE equality where we can?
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