Omar pointed out another condescending portion of Dr. Minor’s letter, which invited him to an “Annual Academic Awards Program.” It also encouraged him to “invite (his) family or other guest to celebrate with (him).” Omar was stunned that the university would throw a party to “celebrate” the slightly-above-average performance of black (and partially black) UNCW students. He asked why the university could not spend all of the party money on scholarships for the region’s poor – regardless of whether they have a drop or more of black blood.
The answer to Omar’s question, of course, is that these events were never designed to help black (or partially black) people. They were designed to raise the self-esteem of white liberals plagued by racial guilt and driven by a need for social and occupational promotion.
The saddest part about Omar’s experience with UNC-Wilmington is not the condescending letter he received from Dr. Minor. It was, instead, Dr. Minor’s recent refusal to help Omar bring John McWhorter to speak at our university. Omar was greatly influenced by McWhorter, claiming that his books (including “Losing the Race” and “Authentically Black”) were influential in helping him break away from the chains of a black victim mentality (Author’s note: slavery metaphor intended).
But Dr. Minor would have nothing to do with bringing McWhorter to campus. Apparently, he is not authentically black.
And so maybe there is more to being black at UNCW than merely having one drop of black blood. Maybe to be authentically black at UNCW one has to have a victim mentality that keeps him striving for mediocrity while the Seahawks who exploit him soar to new heights.
Dr. Mike S. Adams would like to thank “M” Mullin for all the love and inspiration she provided as he wrote the preceding column. He would also like to thank Sam Adams, Rocky Patel, and John Browning (in no particular order).