When I was a kid, racism was described to me as being the differentiation of one group from another based upon their skin color. Isn’t that still basically it? Whether that treatment is preferential or detrimental is irrelevant: being a racist is focusing on one’s race as a means of judging that person’s heart, abilities, motives or actions.
And yet, it seems more and more that the folks in positions of authority (namely the schools and the government) are more focused than ever on drawing attention to people’s race. We just gave an example of this the other day, when we discussed a program run by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction which encouraged white students to wear a white wristband “as a reminder about your (white) privilege.”
Rather than being an outlier, such hyper-guilt-based instruction now seems to be something of a trend in education.
The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) will offer students up to four college credits for attending its 14th annual “White Privilege Conference,” Campus Reform has learned.
An official video promo for the conference, which is organized by the university, teaches Caucasians they are born with a permanent and irreconcilable advantage.
“I am privileged,” reads animated script that appears an all white screen. “[I] can go shopping fairly assured I won’t be followed or harassed. When I am told about our national heritage or about ‘civilization’ I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.”
An online syllabus on the university’s website says students will receive one college credit for each day of the three day conference they attend as long as they submit a brief journal entry summarizing a major concept they learned by May 4.
Schools are costing us an arm and a leg today, and THIS is what they want to teach our kids?
I suppose I shouldn’t be too shocked: the Left sees racism everywhere, even as they continually attempt to “level the playing field”. Which is why stories like the one above and this next one are becoming commonplace. From Maggie’s Notebook:
So last summer the commander-in-chief issued an executive order to create a special White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. The goal is to tackle a rampant crisis of perpetually low academic performance and high dropout rates among black students. African-Americans lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools and challenging college-preparatory classes and they disproportionately experience school discipline and referrals to special education, according to the executive order…
Of interesting note is that the administration is actually paying states to set new academic achievement targets based on race and income, with lower goals for black, Hispanic and poor kids and higher ones for whites and Asians. Washington D.C. became the first American public school system to adapt the new race-based standards last fall.
A federal education official explained in a mainstream newspaper that the administration is just “trying to be realistic about what’s achievable.”
I’m beyond appalled. This is the Soft Bigotry of Lowered Expectations, now enshrined as official Government policy.
LOWER education standards based on someone’s race? How is that beneficial to anyone, most of all the kids who will soon be receiving this “help”?
If I try to teach you to shoot 3-pointers in basketball but, because you have red hair, I artificially move the line in 8 feet, does that make you a more effective 3-point shooter? What does your hair color have to do with anything?
But such idiocy does accomplish two things: it gives you a false sense of achievement, and guarantees you’re less able to properly compete for a place on a team, where the other kids will be able to actually sink shots from the 3-point arc.
“But Life isn’t a basketball game!!”, the touchy-feely progressives all stammer. Correct: it’s much, much harder and vastly more unforgiving, so teaching any child that they’ll be held to a lesser standard amounts to an abdication of a teacher’s responsibility. We’re supposed to adequately instruct children in our care, not set them up to fail. Yet the latter is precisely what’s happening.
All this focus on race, privilege, and our differences only serves to heighten our awareness of those differences and drive us further apart as a country. Which, of course, then means that the race peddlers can point to this inevitable result and say, “See? We still have a racist society” which will then, in turn, warrant additional such programs in order to exacerbate the problem even more, and more, and more.
This is evil.
We’re the United States of America, the Great American Melting Pot. People come here to become Americans, not hyphenated Americans. I’m not a white American, or an Irish American. I’m American, period. The men and women whom I’ve prayed with, studied with, eaten with, hired, fired, and worked alongside were Americans, too. Black, Brown, Jewish, Catholic, Green, Taupe or Plaid: who cares? We each have innate talents and abilities, and none of them have a shred to do with our skin color.
George Washington Carver, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Sowell, Neil Armstrong, Otis Boykin, Thomas Edison, Clarence Thomas, S. Truett Cathy and Dr. Benjamin Carson weren’t successful because of their race: these men, black and white, were successful because of their minds, their decisions and their hearts.
How many examples do we need to give?
By lowering the standard of how we educate someone based upon their race, we trivialize what education even means and worse, we insult these people’s intelligence. What’s more, by constantly reminding white kids of their “white privilege”, we’re burdening them with a destructive guilt they don’t need, benefit from or deserve.
And worst of all: by constantly infusing “race” into every area of our society, we’re encouraging an ever-growing divide between people and cultures, rather than diminishing it.
Is race still an issue in our society today? Yep, and I know precisely whose fault it is, too.