Campusreform.org reports “Segregated dorms for males ‘who identify as Black’ coming to UConn”
Here is my position. You can explain why African American students may need a place exclusively for them to go and spend more time with one another. You can say it isn’t segregated because it is currently optional. You can say that other schools have put in place a “safe space” for minority students. You can say whatever you like, but according to the definition listed above, and that definition is the correct and accurate definition, IT IS SEGREGATION.
To the first point, that African American students need a place exclusively for them to go and spend more time with one another. Well, about about white students? What about Hispanic students? What about Asian students? What about Native American students? Do you get my point? Are universities going to provide exclusive places for every ethnic group that is for their exclusive use? If they do not, is it fair or reasonable for certain groups to get benefits while other groups do not? Isn’t that inherently unreasonable, inequitable, and improper? I believe it is. And IT’S SEGREGATION!
To the second point, that it isn’t segregation because it’s “currently optional”. It is only optional for African American males, but no other group. It’s not optional for white males, or Hispanic males, or Asian males, or Native American males, and therefore, by definition, IT’S SEGREGATION! If an Asian man is not allowed to enter this place, then it’s no different then when African Americans were not allowed to enter places before the Civil Rights Act. IT’S SEGREGATION!
To the third point, that other schools have put in place safe places for minority students. It’s STILL SEGREGATION. Whether or not other schools do it or not is irrelevant. It’s segregation when other schools do it, it will be segregation when it’s done in this instance. Two wrongs do not make a right. Besides, what’s with this “safe place” nonsense? College is for adults who are preparing to go into the world, if they can’t handle opposing views, harsh words, and life’s unfairness, then they have a bigger issue they need to address. There are “safe places” in the real world. As conservative Bill Whittle once said:
“Safety is an illusion. It’s a temporary bubble of psychological security, provided by loving parents TO PROTECT CHILDREN, until they slowly become adult enough to face the reality of a dangerous world.”
The great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in his famous “I Have A Dream Speech” said,
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!”
Sadly, that dream is dying, because today, we live in a world that affords bonus and benefits to certain groups based solely on the color of their skin. It’s a sad state of affairs, but hey, I’m just a cop.
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