I have to hand it to him. After he told my accuser how much help I had been in a time of need, my friend put the accuser in an awkward position. Though he made him stammer incoherently, I think I could have handled the situation even better.
I have a form-response to spurious accusations of racism taken from the brilliant criminologist William Wilbanks. It involves asking the accuser these two questions: 1) “What is your definition of racism?” and 2) “How does it apply to the situation at hand?”
The response to my two questions is usually either a) total silence, or b) an apology. Had I been there last week to ask these questions of my accuser, it is likely that he would have chosen option “a.” But, since my recent columns on race have been drawing such bizarre criticism, I have decided to adopt a new strategy.
My new strategy is actually based on responses to two of the columns I published this school year. The “Change Your Ethnicity Day” column caused some black readers to dub me a racist for opposing affirmative action (because it is a form of racial discrimination). My “Welcome to UNC-We Love Black People” column caused some black readers to dub me a racist for opposing “African American Centers” and other measures that promote racial segregation.
Years ago, people who supported racial discrimination and racial segregation were called racists. Today, people who are opposed to racial discrimination and racial segregation are called racists - at least they are on campuses all across America. If the diversity movement has accomplished anything at my university, it has been to teach young blacks to model themselves after members of the Ku Klux Klan and the John Birch Society.
But there is another rather obvious conclusion that comes from watching the “progress” made by the Offices of Campus Diversity in recent years. It is that these people are so arrogant as to presume that they may redefine racism whenever they see fit in order to garner support for whatever initiatives they deem fashionable at any given point in time.