Under my new policy, black students will be penalized for coming into class late. The one-point deduction will be given only to the person coming in late. The same approach will be followed when blacks bring a cell phone into my class. A one-point deduction will be given only to the black person with the cell phone in his possession. Finally, disruptions like going potty in class and passing class notes back and forth (to someone who skipped the previous lecture and fell behind) will be punished. A one-point deduction will go to the disruptive black student but no other black student will be punished.
The policy will be quite different, however, for white students. When a white student comes in late, brings a cell phone into a lecture, or otherwise disrupts my class I will apply a one-point deduction to the final average of every white person in the class. This may seem unfair at first but my new policy has solid support in existing policies within the UNC system.
For example, our affirmative action policies are clearly punishing white students seeking admission to most UNC schools by holding them to a higher standard than blacks. We penalize the individual white student even if he has never engaged in an act of racial discrimination. This is because other whites have done so in the past. So, in a sense, my new white civility policy is not very original. Like the admissions policies, it punishes the innocent white majority for the sins of the guilty white minority.
But the UNC system has a different view of the relationship between guilty and innocent blacks. We are reminded of that every time a black student commits a crime on campus. The practice of publishing a photo of a guilty black student – or merely attaching the word “black” to a suspect’s description in student newspapers - is met with scorn within the educational community. This is because we bend over backwards to avoid punishing innocent blacks for the sins of guilty blacks. This policy helps us to avoid negatively stereotyping black people although we exhibit no concern for unfairly stereotyping innocent whites. As one can easily see, my new black civility policy is not very original either.
Despite the fact that my policy of punishing whites en masse is not novel, I expect that there will be quite a stir at the end of the semester when students find out that I am completely serious about strengthening the UNC commitment to educational racism. Scores of students will undoubtedly storm the Dean’s office in December demanding that I remove the deductions from their final averages.
But I will refuse to retract my racist policies unless the UNC system retracts its own. It will be difficult for the UNC administration to fire a professor for adopting the system’s own racist philosophy. If others follow my lead, it will be damned near impossible.
Generally speaking, it isn’t nice to develop discriminatory policies that vary according to race. But, here in the educational system, administrators do so because they think they are smarter than people who are not in academia.
In implementing racist policies, they only hold themselves to the requirement that the ends must justify the means. Soon we’ll see how they defend themselves when others follow suit.